Plastic Bands are strangling Seals and Sea Lions – USAPosted on February 14, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic & Wildlife
Young seal and sea lion pups tend to play with marine debris, not knowing the harm they can cause. Packing bands are sometimes found in the marine environment tangled up in a big ball, which could certainly be alluring to a curious sea lion.
When they do get wrapped around or embedded in a seal or sea lion’s neck, the wound can be horrific and expose the animal to infection.
So what can the average Joe do about packing bands? Here’s advice from NOAA that’ll sound familiar to anybody around during the six pack-ring controversy: “CUT ANY LOOP that may become marine debris.”