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Sea Life Centre Manchester held another successful Formby beach clean collecting almost 80kg of rubb


Sea Life Centre Manchester headed out to Formby Beach on Tuesday 25th July from 10am to 1:30pm with 43 volunteers to clean up rubbish on Formby beach.


Alex Wright, a diver at SEA LIFE Manchester, who currently organises the events has said;


"We have been running monthly cleans at Formby since 2014 and have collected tonnes of harmful waste in that time to protect the native sea life."


"We had bag loads of fun on Tuesday at Formby Beach with 43 awesome volunteers for the Sea Life Manchester's monthly Beach Clean! Together we collected 79.6kg of harmful rubbish that otherwise would have ended up polluting the ocean. We also found lots of Thornback Ray and small spotted cat shark egg cases for the Shark Trusts Great Egg Case Hunt. As well as learning about other native seaweeds and sea creatures on our strand line creature search!"


An estimated 26 million tons of plastic pollution ends up in the oceans each year where it chokes, entangles and poisons marine life.


Did you know that plastic pollution kills millions of marine creatures each year? That is why Sealife Centre Manchester has teamed up with The National Trust to get stuck in the mud and help clear out the litter from the beaches of Formby.


Plastic bags, disposable cutlery, old phone covers, drink bottles, batteries… you name it, they have found it! And unfortunately it all poses a big threat to our marine creatures, whether it stays in our rivers or gets washed into the ocean.


Do you want to get involved to help the environment keep our native ocean dwellers safe? The Sea Life Trust's Big Summer Canal Clean is coming on the 8th August and the next Formby Beach Clean is on 18th September from 11am to 2pm.


"We provide any equipment neccessary but recommend our volunteers bring their own protective gloves if they have them."


Alex Wright said: "As thanks we are able to offer all our volunteers a complimentary day ticket to our Sea Life Centre Manchester (valid for at least 1 month) and enter our volunteers into a monthly prize draw to win either a free SeaTREK experience or a Turtle Feeding Experience with Ernie our Green Sea Turtle."


"If you would like to attend or get any more information please don't hesitate to contact us".


"We ask people to sign up by emailing ConservationSLM@merlinentertainments.biz so we can gauge numbers and the equipment we need."

FUN FACT:

In March 2015, on one of the previous Beach Cleans, a Bovril glass was found which was made way back in the 1920's! That would make it 95 years old. Things that get littered on the beach take decades to degrade. The Bovril glass shows that even littler from our dim and distant past still hasn't gone away. The Beach Cleans are vital in providing future generations with better environments.

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