As we started out it was clear that clean up crews had been out that morning. But it was clear they were not cleaning up dead animals! On this stretch of the beach the tar balls were smaller and there were fewer of them. But there was not a shortage of dead animals. There were tons of fresh washed up fish along the beach. Everything from fish heads to whole fish. We came to the conclusion that some of the fish washing up were fish that had been caught. The fish heads we found had clearly been severed and thrown into the water. We also found catfish that appeared to have been caught filleted and the remains tossed into the water. We found a whole fish with a hook and line in its mouth as well. It is clear that some of these fish are victims of fishing, however it was also clear that most were not. There were lots of dead whole fish, rays, birds, and our first turtle. It was clear the turtle had been there for a long time. We saw lots of Sea birds, but still no pelicans. Where are the pelicans? I have never been to this area and not seen pelicans.
|Tar Balls mixed in the sand|
|Fresh Tar Balls|
|Tar balls along the beach|
|Very large Fish head|
|Bag of Tar balls left in the sand|
|Brown sea foam|
|This fish had no visible wounds, but appeared to have internal injuries|
|We saw about 40 live Rays off the beach|
|This poor guy had a broken wing. I was said to find out there was no rescue groups for injured gulls.|
|Small Tar balls down the beach|
|Normal? We saw 3 in the area.|
|Someone place a cross on the beach.|
|Fish with a hook and line in its mouth|
If you missed Part 1 of this series you can find it here.