Is this some moonscape photo? Not exactly.
Cleveland aquarist J.J. Soski (Look familiar? She is my daughter) gave a program on the "Persistence of Plastics" on Wednesday night. It was rather eye-opening.
The problem with plastic, it persists for a very long time. Who "needs" a drink straw that lasts 10-20 years?
Several plastic bags are floating in the Jellyfish tank as an educational effort (not as a permanent display.) It clearly proves how difficult it is to see the difference between bags and Jellies, even for people.
Another new feature is this giant Jellyfish created from used plastic. J.J. stands in front of her artwork, to give perspective to its awesome height.
As a birder, I was already familiar with the terrible toll plastics are taking on our sea birds. The death rate of Albatrosses is staggering, as her presentation showed.
Aquatic conservationist are deeply concerned for the small fish as well. Sure, they can't eat a pop bottle lid or a six-pack ring, but these tiny shipping beads,called nurdles, are neutrally buoyant (they float IN water- not on it) and look like "tasty" fish eggs.
However, there it no nutritional value from plastic- only full bellies and sick fish result.
Hurry, this offer is only good while they last- and they are going fast!