While it’s seen as a liberating and celebratory gesture, just please stop letting balloons go in the air all willy-nilly like.
The NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary released a set of disappointing photo on their Facebook page.
What is it? Well, 36 balloons that were retrieved over the past two days near the Upper Keys. The Sanctuary stated that no matter what, Mother’s Day always seems to be the worst time of year for finding this junk in the sea.
So let’s get it straight. It’s a simple law of gravity: what goes up, must come down. I know, we’ve seen Matthew McConaughey defy it in Interstellar, but that definitely is not real life. As NOAA stated, “there is 70 percent chance” that any balloon you release will come down in the ocean.
Releasing a balloon into the air is littering, plain and simple. All of those images of fishing line and fishing nets tangling animals? Well, balloons have strings attached that are likely to do the same thing.
Also, have you ever personally tasted a mylar balloon? You wouldn’t? Probably best to not let an animal try it, either. This is just a simple public service announcement: stop releasing balloons into the air. It’s not helping the environment, and it’s just plain mean to trash someone’s home, especially if that home is the beautiful ocean.
A lot of people release balloons into the air to serve a celebratory or memorable purpose, but consider trying a new tradition instead.