Our Precious Ocean

 
Think twice about releasing balloons at a celebration.  What if you knew your balloons were eaten by a Sea Turtle or Ocean Sunfish choking it’s digestive system?  Or a turtle having so many balloons and plastics in its stomach that it is not able to dive?  Keep our Ocean precious and our Marine Life healthy.  PLEASE DO NOT RELEASE BALLOONS!

Think twice about releasing balloons at a celebration.  What if you knew your balloons were eaten by a Sea Turtle or Ocean Sunfish choking it’s digestive system?  Or a turtle having so many balloons and plastics in its stomach that it is not able to dive?  Keep our Ocean precious and our Marine Life healthy.  PLEASE DO NOT RELEASE BALLOONS!

 
Balloons are a threat to Sea Turtles, Ocean Sunfish, Whales and other marine life. Some mistake the Balloons for Jellyfish floating at the surface.  Most Balloons released in our coastal states are carried out into the Ocean.

Balloons are a threat to Sea Turtles, Ocean Sunfish, Whales and other marine life. Some mistake the Balloons for Jellyfish floating at the surface.  Most Balloons released in our coastal states are carried out into the Ocean.

Over many years and trips, the Dive Voyager team has recovered and disposed of many balloons.  We have witnessed an Ocean Sunfish nipping at a balloon but fortunately we scared it away.  In 2008, one trip on Memorial Day weekend in an 8 mile line from Belmar, we sighted about 10 balloons.  One trip in a 13 mile line from Belmar in an East direction on June 15th we sighted over a dozen balloons.  Can you imagine how many balloons must be floating off our entire coast?  How many 13 mile lines perpendicular to the NJ coast multiplied by a dozen balloons?  Over about 120 miles of NJ coast multiplied by 12 balloons is about 1,440 balloons floating 13 miles off our shoreline!!!!!!

Over many years and trips, the Dive Voyager team has recovered and disposed of many balloons.  We have witnessed an Ocean Sunfish nipping at a balloon but fortunately we scared it away.  In 2008, one trip on Memorial Day weekend in an 8 mile line from Belmar, we sighted about 10 balloons.  One trip in a 13 mile line from Belmar in an East direction on June 15th we sighted over a dozen balloons.  Can you imagine how many balloons must be floating off our entire coast?  How many 13 mile lines perpendicular to the NJ coast multiplied by a dozen balloons?  Over about 120 miles of NJ coast multiplied by 12 balloons is about 1,440 balloons floating 13 miles off our shoreline!!!!!!