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OSPREY vs. POWER LINE
Local Good Samaritans discovered a juvenile osprey in distress on Key Biscayne last week. It appeared dazed and unable to fly. Before approaching the animal they immediately called Wildlife Rescue of Dade County for guidance. Upon closer inspection they could see what appeared to be singed feathers, most likely from a power line encounter. After describing the situation over the phone, the wildlife specialist was able to give advice on how to safely secure the bird until help arrived.
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On the day after rescue, the veterinarian at the rehabilitation center reported:

“Just finished initial care of the osprey. It survived the initial care. I am worried because we have no way of knowing how bad the internal damage from the electrical energy is. If it survives the next few days we can start to think about long term rehab. It could take six months to grow those feathers back. For now, it’s on pain meds and antibiotics”
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If you encounter wildlife in distress, please reach out to local specialists for guidance before approaching the animal.
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Wildlife Rescue of Dade County call 305.342.1075 @wildliferescuedadecounty
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station call 305.751.9840 @seabirdstation
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#keybiscayne #wildlifeencounters #osprey #rescue #wildliferescue #fillabag #keyrats #birds #community #volunteer #heroes #nature
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We spotted this gut punch over Biscayne Bay yesterday.
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What’s it gonna take to break up with balloons, once and for all?
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#springbreakup #springbreak #miamibeach #balloons #balloonsblow #banballoons #fillabag #keybiscayne #beachcleanup #beach #miamibeachnews #cleanthisbeachup #cleanmiamibeach #biscaynebay
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My Valentine circled back and masterfully held the course allowing us to scoop this #balloon from #biscaynebay. Thanks babe! 😘
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#fillabag #keybiscayne #marinedebris #balloonsblow #banballoons #valentine #levitas
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🎥 @davidaraujo.tv
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Teamed up with @the_nae_naes tribe for a fun and impactful day at #billbaggsstatepark making deeper and more meaningful connections with nature and each other. #dadventures
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#beachcleanup #fillabag #wildlifeencounters #volunteer #kbcf
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Find it, fill it…float it? Why not!
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This partial zodiac tender with a massive styrofoam block was rapidly breaking down when we discovered it on an island bird sanctuary in #biscaynebay. Our bad ass team of #volunteers was able to #repurpose it one final time, and float out part of today’s 1,188 lbs. haul of #marinedebris.
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#finditfillit #paddlecleanup #paddleforplastic #ghostgear #volunteers #wildlife #beachcleanup #beaweirdo #padl #coconutgrove #peacockpark #fillabag #community #communityservice #cityofmiami #kayak #supcleanup
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The road less traveled…
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#billbaggsstatepark #ridepriority #keybiscayne #cleanups #beachcleanup #sunrise #johnnycash #nature #fillabag #therapy #priority #prioritybicycles
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Ditch single use plastic. Choose reusable. Repost 🎥@flyfishingnassau Baby Nurse Shark In Plastic Garbage Bag.
Let’s keep our Oceans clean so things like this don’t happen!

#fillabag #dontpollute #donttrashourtreasure #cleanup #mangroves #wildlife #wildlifeencounters
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Balloons blow.
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#fillabag #keybiscayne #mangroves #wildlife #cleanup #cleanups #crandonpark #popupcleanup #balloons #volunteercleanup #thekinks
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International Coastal Cleanup 2023. See you out there!
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#beachcleanup #cleanups #icc2023 #volunteer #volunteercleanup #donttrashourtreasure #marinedebris #icc #keybiscayne #paddlecleanup
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Every piece matters. 😞
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#donttrashourtreasure #beachcleanup #plasticsymptoms #marinedebris #fish #fillabag #keybiscayne #sunrise #ocean #oceanlife
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Please join us, and show your love for Mother Ocean on Saturday September 16th during International Coastal Cleanup day. You’ll be launching your watercraft into the mangroves from the boat ramp at Crandon Park Marina in Key Biscayne. Meet up is at 9am. Please find Registration link in bio.
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If you can’t bring your own SUP or kayak, link in bio to PRE-RESERVE and RENT one from our pals @ridepadl and it will be delivered to the launch zone. Inventory is limited, so if you need one, act now!
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This is an all ages event, children must be accompanied by an adult.
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#mangrove #icc2023
#donttrashourtreasure #paddlecleanup #paddle #sup #supcleanup #keybiscayne #fillabag #kbcf #miami #boteboards #gillmarine #volunteer #volunteercleanup #padl # jimmybuffett
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You never know what you’re going to find during a beach cleanup. We were lucky to witness a rare daytime hatch yesterday.
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Turtle season is active through October, so please remember to fill your beach holes…and kindly encourage your neighbors to do the same.
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#beachcleanup #turtleseason #seaturtles #wildlifeencounters #wildlife #donttrashourtreasure #greensockmovement #fillabag #keybiscayne #loggerheads
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Remote island cleanup expedition in mid coast Maine with the @rozaliaproject. ...

REPOST: Mood: Ayudando al mundo 🌎 una bolsa a la vez #SomosVida

Protagonistas: @fillabag & Into The Wild Camp de @lallanada.fl @keybiscayne.

🙋🏻‍♂️ Manny de @fillabag visitó el Desafío 3 para explicarnos sobre nuestro impacto en el medio ambiente

🚮 Entendimos que limpiando nuestras playas dejamos una huella inmensa que impacta al mundo y la vida de futuras generaciones

🏝️ Nos pusimos en acción y nos fuimos juntos a la playa a convertirnos en #IMPACTERS

💚 Nos sentimos felices porque gracias a Manny y a @fillabag nos divertimos con propósito

Pantone:
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#IntoTheWildCamp
#Verano2023
#LaLlanada
#KeyBiscayne
#TerritorioLlanada
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Found and removed a container filled with 15 gallons of fuel from the dunes at the Bear Cut preserve during a #beachcleanup with South Miami K8 School’s National Junior Honor Society last weekend.
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Rather than carry the 90 lbs. juggie 1/2 a mile back to base camp, our pals from @biscaynenaturecenter and @miamidadecountyparks answered the call and hauled it home.
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A diverse population of shorebirds inhabit this corner of paradise on #keybiscayne. We love observing them in their native habitat, and are thankful to the students, teachers, parents and Park Staff for their efforts.
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21 volunteers
146 lbs. marine debris removed
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#fillabag #beachcleanup #mdcps #wildlife #wildlifeencounters #herons #pelicans #crandonpark #keybiscayne #volunteers #volunteercleanup #teachers #bearcut #osprey
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It takes a Village.
#trashaconda #keybiscayne #fillabag #volunteers #sunrise #beachcleanup #beaweirdo #villageofkeybiscayne
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Thank you @billbaggsstatepark Rangers Alex and Hugo, and turtle volunteers Rumya and Karen for coming to the rescue. Together we removed a massive bundle of #traprope from the shoreline of #capeflorida state park during a sunrise paddle on a picture perfect day.
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Initially, I was only able to cut off about 1/4 of what turned out to be a 300 lbs. death trap. I needed help. After waving down the trusty turtle trackers on their ATV, we radioed the rangers; “We’re going to need shovels and muscle!”
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Luckily, I brought my new @gillmarine serrated knife, and Ranger Alex skipped the gym earlier that day!
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#fillabag #sup #supcleanup #ghostnets #keybiscayne #floridastateparks #gillmarine #donttrashourtreasure #kbcf #friendsofcapeflorida #rangers #greatwhiteheron #shorebirds #paddlecleanup #padl
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Scientists estimate that by the year 2050, 99 percent of all pelagic birds will have consumed plastic at some point in their lives.
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Today we spotted a seagull scoop a piece of latex during a beach cleanup with @vassarclubsouthflorida. Luckily, it wasn’t a clean getaway.
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We like watching birds, especially the variety of resident and migratory #shorebirds that call #keybiscayne home. Thank you @vassarclubsouthflorida for removing 30 lbs. of plastic and marine debris from the #bearcut preserve sanctuary today. Every piece matters.
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#wildlife #wildlifeencounters #fillabagkb #fillabag #crandonparkbeach #crandonpark #vassar #keybiscayne #pelicans #pelicanharbor #seabirds #manomet #plovers #sandpipers #wildmiami #osprey
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A successful #greenturtle rehab and release today at @billbaggsstatepark The veterinarian team from @zoomiami was kind enough to patch her up and share her story before returning her back home on a glorious Spring day.
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Please remember to fill your beach holes, as the #nestingseason is here! Kindly encourage friends, family, and even strangers, to do the same. It matters. And fill a bag, when you can✌🏽
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See you out there!
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#greenturtle #ecowarriors #fillabag #billbaggs #cleanup #beachcleanups #ghostgear #turtleseason #turtles #keybiscayne #capeflorida #chicospaddleclub #zoomiami #wildlifeencounters #wildlife #friendsofcapeflorida
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Ms. Moore and the Key Biscayne K-8 Center middle schoolers showed their love for the environment over two days this week. Together they removed 178 lbs. of litter from the Village streets, sidewalks, parks, bus shelters, parking lots and swales.
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This spirited crew of 75 teens and a few hero teachers uncovered some strange finds…as well as a few treasures. Most importantly, none of the litter recovered will end up in the waterways that surround their island paradise. Great job gang. The future is bright!
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#keybiscayne #keyrats #dontpollute #donttrashourtreasure #fillabag #fillabagkb #litterfreeflorida #litter #streetcleanup #marinedebris #strangestfind #trashortreasure #kbk8 #middleschool #teachers
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Find it, fill it.
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#chicospaddleclub #mangroves #cleanup #paddlecleanup #paddleforplastic #padl #bote #boteboards #wildlifeencounters #wildlife #finditfillit #keybiscayne #skihole #greensockmovement #sup #supcleanup #finditfillit #fillabag #fillabagkb
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We were kind. Really.
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Filling balloons with confetti for a party. At the beach. Smh.
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#donttrashourtreasure #balloonsblow #crandonparkbeach #crandonpark #partyfouls #keybiscayne #balloons #chicospaddleclub
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Wildlife encounters
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#keybiscayne #donttrashourtreasure #recycle #compost #sortyourtrash #plasticsymptoms #singleuseplastic #wildlife #wildlifeencounters #billbaggsstatepark #billbaggs #florida #floridastateparks #capeflorida #chicospaddleclub #zerowaste #elfarito #refusesingleuseplastic #racoon
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The 2022 Key Biscayne Mangrove Cleanup Tour wrapped up today @billbaggsstatepark.
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5 Events
184 Volunteers
3,845 lbs. of marine debris removed from the living shorelines of #biscaynebay
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Thank you @miamiecoadventures, @kbcfoundation and @kbcitizenscience for the collaboration, and thank you FIND; Florida Inland Navigation District for the generous support.
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#fillabag #chicospaddleclub #keybiscayne #billbaggs #billbaggsstatepark #greensockmovement #paddleforplastic #paddlecleanup
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HOOK, LINE & SINKER!
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Today we spotted an immature Reddish Egret in distress, pecking at a fishing line and sinker dangling from its wing.
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I immediately reached out to @seabirdstation to report an animal in distress and seek their guidance.
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On standby, they waited for further information from us, but based on the situation and previous encounters we’ve had, we felt confident we could safely capture the bird and remove the fishing line without harming the egret. We updated them throughout the process.
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I asked the beach goers who first observed the bird if they could bring down shears or a knife from their condo. “Oh, and see if you can find a long pool net while you’re up there, too, please!”
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Working together, we were able to safely capture the bird and remove the line and sinker without causing too much stress on this beautiful animal. At the last second before the release, we also found and dislodged the hook, which was buried under its wing!
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In an apparent sign of gratitude, it stuck around for a minute and literally shook it off. So cool!
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If you’re in South Florida, find an injured animal in distress and want to help, please reach out to Pelican Harbor Seabird Station for guidance.
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CALL (305) 751-9840 OR TEXT (786) 459-9155
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🎥 @mistaaated
#keybiscayne #wildlifeencounters #fillabag #birds #birdsofinstagram #billbaggsstatepark #billbaggs #chicospaddleclub #wildlife #ghostgear #marinedebris #egrets #egretsofinstagram
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WARNING: Graphic images.
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The buffet was open less than 2 miles offshore between #keybiscayne and #foweylight today.
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Aboard a 22’ open fisherman, @matirionda and his pals were fortunate to witness this epic #wildlife encounter. At first they thought it may have been marine debris, or an abandoned Cuban raft. But as they approached, they discovered several species of sharks, including a few big Tigers, feasting on a (Sperm?) whale in less than 10’ of water. Wow!!
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#keyrats #biscaynebay #billbaggsstatepark #natureismetal #tigersharks #sharks #fillabag #chicospaddleclub #fowey #miami #nature #natgeo #wildlifeencounters
🎥 @matirionda
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@natureismetal
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Beauty and the beach.
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#keybiscayne #chicospaddleclub #fillabag #donttrashourtreasure #osprey #oceanconservancy #wildlife #beachcleanups #beachcleanup
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Dear Community,
We are grateful for your support and for all you do to care for our beaches and waterways. See you out there!
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Special thanks to the fabulous team at the @kbcf.
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#fillabag #givemiamiday #keybiscaynecommunityfoundation
#donttrashourtreasure #beachcleanups #cleanup #community #keybiscayne #kbcf #chicospaddleclub #keybiscayne
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This explains a lot. We didn’t film this, not sure who did, but we’ve been to this spot for cleanups many times. Scariest part is that one guy didn’t do this…Thanks for sharing @thequalifiedcaptain.

REPOST: This will make you sick…. Wtf?! Anyone know this guy?? #qualified #miami #anyoneknowthisguy #reportthenumbers #fwc #crazy #whatiswrongwithpeople #zerofucksgiving #someonegettheseguys #bethedifference #cantstandit #fuckinscumbags #trasheverywhere #letsmakethisright
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The 2nd in a series of 5 “Biscayne Bay Mangrove Cleanups” is in the books.
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28 #volunteers
Ages 3-61
530 lbs. removed
90 minutes
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This series is a collaboration between @miamiecoadventures, @kbcfoundation and FillABag, and is sponsored by a grant from the Florida Inland Navigation District (F.I.N.D.). Thank you for your support. Please stay tuned for the November date.
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#keybiscayne #bearcut #mangroves #biscaynebay #paddlecleanup #paddleforplastic #boteboards #bote #padl #fillabag #chicospaddleclub #kbcf #trashtag #greensockmovement #thetoadies #chihuahua
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This was in sunny #keybiscayne today, about 2 hours BEFORE high tide. The southeast coast of Florida was spared this week, and even though Ian is long gone, the King Tide cycles will continue, slowly washing away our shorelines. #realnews
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If you’re looking for ways to help out our neighbors on the #GulfCoast, please check out @thirdwavevolunteers and consider supporting their efforts. Thx.
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#kingtide #climatechange #chicospaddleclub #trashtag #fillabag #keyrats #rollingstones #earth #beachcleanups
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Who knows how long this bundle of death traps had been drifting untethered off our shoreline? Marine #wildlife like #seabirds, #manatees, and #turtles are defenseless vs. derelict #ghostgear.
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On this day, we permanently removed 310 lbs. of #marinedebris from our #ocean in less than 20 minutes.
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#teamwork: @andrewotazo @somepeoplecallmemauritz and @villageofkeybiscayne
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#ghostnets #fillabag #turtles #manatees #keybiscayne #ritzcarlton #beachcleanups #trashtag #goodnews #hurricaneian #ian #donttrashourtreasure
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Backyard save off #keybiscayne by @rodolforojas_ and crew.

REPOST: @rodolforojas_ You’ll never believe what happened next…

This occurred 06/20/22 but I was reluctant to post it. Honestly it’s strange to receive praise or backlash for something that should be done regardless… if you see an animal in distress please help it. I share this now because the day before yesterday 09/24/22 I came across an even younger turtle in the same scenario. This one was bound by its neck to a hooked nylon line. Unfortunately I wasn’t there in time… 😔

I was driving the boat in idle and all of a sudden my handle got snagged… I stopped the engine immediately to get a closer look and seconds later I noticed splashing at the end of it. I jumped in with my goggles and to my surprise there was a sea turtle wrapped in a fixed line. We decided to help an animal in distress. I was able to untangle the wakeboard rope from the anchored line and cut it loose but the remainder was tightly wrapped around its neck and arms. We safely and slowly brought the turtle to the platform in order to carefully remove the binds. I was amazed how calm the turtle was throughout the process… it must have known we were there to help.

Thanks for the extra hand 🙏- @mohammedbajeri / 🎥: @raeefkabbani !

#reels #rescue #turtle

** See an injured animal? Report incidents online or call 888-404-FWCC (3922). Cellular phone users can also call *FWC or #FWC, or send a text to Tip@MyFWC.com
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FillABag meets the Hamptons. Thank you for reaching out local champions, you know who you are…we love it!
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Wanna bring FillABag to your favorite beach or park? Give us a shout and DIY! It’s free. #doityourself #community #thehamptons
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If you’ve ever done a beach clean up in Florida, you’ve probably picked up one of these plastic yellow vinegar tubes, which make their way up the Gulfstream from islands in the Caribbean. REPOST @browardcturtles This poor little guy was found trapped in plastic within in an egg chamber when one of our surveyors was performing an excavation (removal of all nest contents for inventorying to determine hatch success).

Unfortunately, finding plastics and other forms of debris is all too common in nests, as debris litters our beaches and accumulates within the sand.

This is a bittersweet reminder that what we do does effect the wildlife around us quite extensively, BUT, the best part is that WE have the power to create change and keep the world that we live in shining bright.

Cutting down on single use plastics, using reusable items, composting, recycling, etc., are all fantastic ways to help the wildlife around us, as well as ourselves!

Comment other ways you can help?!

*This sea turtle was safely removed from the plastic and released safely to the ocean. All activities performed by authorized personnel under MTP 214*

#seaturtle #seaturtle #BCSTCP #ocean #oceanconservation #marinebiology #science #reduce #reuse #recycle #rocktheocean

📷 @cheloniag
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International Coastal Cleanup 2022 was one for the books! THANK YOU to the 70 intrepid volunteers, ages 6-65, who took to the water for an amphibious assault against marine debris along the living shoreline in #keybiscayne, and removed 1,328 lbs. trash from the magnificent #mangroves.
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Special thanks @edwardhpritchard from @miamiecoadventures, and Rumya from @kbcfoundation and @kbcitizenscience for an unforgettable collaboration; the first of five mangrove clean ups in Biscayne Bay generously funded by a grant from FIND.
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Looking forward to the next one! Who’s in??
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Much gratitude to @solhelou @sebastian_antorcha @fishhavefeelings @alec_ramoski @juanchi_rasco @votejoerasco, Dwight and @samantha_hewett @lucasscarvalho_ Leann,
@andrewotazo, Alexia and Lia from OLLA, Dave and Dara @volunteercleanup, and @miamidadeparks for your hard work and leadership in helping us pull this off!
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#miamicleanup2022 #internationalcoastalcleanup #volunteercleanup #biscaynebay #mangroves #SeaTheChange #oceanconservancy #beachcleanup #donttrashourtreasure #trashtag #environment #finditfillit #keyrat #chicospaddleclub
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FillABag’s grateful to team up with @educatetomorrow.
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Among their programs, Educate Tomorrow serves disadvantaged families and youth in the foster care system, providing opportunities and lifelong community support.
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Working together, today’s group of 16-18 year olds stepped out of their comfort zones and went all in @billbaggsstatepark; spending 2 hours in the hot summer sun removing litter and debris in the shadow of the #capefloridalighthouse.
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Participating in beach clean ups empowers us to forge deeper and more meaningful connections with the environment and with each other; leading to lifestyle awareness, reflections on our own choices and often times changes in behavior.
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To learn more about @educatetomorrow and how you may support this amazing organization, please link to their IG bio or visit their website at educatetomorrow.org
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#keybiscayne #fillabag #fillabagkb #cleanup #beachcleanup #billbaggsstatepark #greensockmovement #trashtag #educatetomorrow #miami #capeflorida #dontpollute #donttrashourtreasure
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Thank you @ewmkeybiscayne, amazing effort today. We’ll see you again next month! #ifykyk
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#ewmrealty #berkshirehathawayhomeservices #fillabag #keybiscayne #billbaggsstatepark #turtles #trashtag #beachcleanup #cleanup #noglitterlitter #finditfillit
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We went out to catch the Buck Moon rise, then this happened…
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#loggerheads #fillabag #turtles #keybiscayne #greensockmovement #trashtag #cleanups #beachcleanup #ocean #nature #wildlife #seaturtles #conservation #florida #turtleseason #fullmoon #buckmoon #buckmoon2022 #magic #pickupyourtrash #keyrats #lovewhereyoulive #tedx #tedxtalks
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Cape Florida Lighthouse, @billbaggsstatepark, Key Biscayne, Florida.
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#fillabag #chicospaddleclub #keybiscayne #donttrashourtreasure #boteboards #sup #paddleboarding #paddlecleanup #padl #nofilter #trashtag #greensockmovement #litterfreeflorida #statepark #floridastateparks
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Thrilled to welcome back @kla_academy for their 2022 #earthmonth #cleanup. This year’s veteran clean up crew of 35 intrepid six and seven year olds couldn’t wait to get started, and together removed 19.6 lbs. of #singleuseplastic and styrofoam from #crandonpark. Thanks to teachers like Estelle, Maria, Lizzie & Gricenia, #thefutureisbright!
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#fillabag #trashtag #beachcleanup #earthday #keybiscayne #jackjohnson #openseascafe
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