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Release of Plastic Balloons at Sea is Littering

Campaigners claim that biodegradable plastic balloons blown away at sea are not biodegrading and are causing harm to seabirds, seals and other wildlife.

 Balloons are being released for memorial purposes, weddings and commercial launches on cruise ships.

Campaigners claim that the balloons take years to biodegrade and that dolphins, whales, turtles, seabirds and other animals have been killed by balloons. Animals swallow the balloons or become entangled in the strings. Turtles mistake balloons for jellyfishes

The biodegradation process is delayed because of the cold and oxygen-poor conditions of the sea.

Campaigners propose to classify balloon releases as littering.

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Published on news.sky.com and written by Lucia Binding

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