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SeaWorld San Diego Trashes Plastic Bags

By Shane Graber - Posted May 03, 2011 07:00 PM
Coinciding with the debut of their new Turtle Reef attraction, SeaWorld San Diego has announced they will no longer be using plastic bags at their park effective June 18.
SeaWorld San Diego Trashes Plastic Bags

Photo: jonathan.youngblood, flickr

The goal of this change is to ultimately reduce pollution of the world's oceans with trash and it "could save more than 1 million plastic bags from being used." Instead of plastic bags they "will offer customers paper and reusable sacks" for their usage.

As mentioned above, this change coincides with the debut of their new Turtle Reef attraction and is meant as an added emphasis on keeping trash and plastics out of the world's oceans as plastic bags are problematic for ocean turtles as they sometimes mistake them for their favorite food source -- jellyfish.

“I think it’s important that our guests can learn that they too can play a role in keeping trash and pollution out of the sea turtles’ ocean environment,” said Thad Dirksen, SeaWorld’s curator of fishes.

I personally applaud their efforts to increase the public awareness of this problem.

(via SignOn San Diego)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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