Clean Up Your Trash
Continued success depends on your commitment to supporting these efforts. Of course, keeping the beaches litter-free is a great start. Use those recycling bins to help control our landfill use.
Remember to Take Your Belongings
As you leave the beach each day, take everything with you! Don’t leave chairs, beach toys, towels, or tents behind. Every night, crews dispose of any remaining beach gear so that these items don’t get swept into the Gulf and protect the turtles as they navigate between land and water.
Don’t Touch or Feed the Wildlife
It might seem innocent enough to feed part of your sandwich to the friendly bird who comes close, but it’s really harmful to the bird. Their natural diet does not include sandwich bread. Even more importantly, when you hand-feed a bird, it can become dependent on those handouts to survive and struggle when those handouts are no longer available.
Keep Your Distance from Dolphins and Other Sea Life
Seeing a dolphin or shark in its natural habitat in the water is a rare and unique experience. While those encounters make for great stories and photos, interactions with them can be harmful to them and their habitat. If you happen to encounter sea life such as these animals when out on the water, be sure to keep your distance and not disturb them. Boats can be especially dangerous, so always keep an eye out and never steer towards them. When we interrupt their natural life, we could be disrupting their migration pattern, breathing, breeding, feeding and sheltering. When we feed them, we reinforce begging behavior, and they lose their natural, healthy fear of humans.