Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Open Your Eyes- A Photoblog on Why We Should Not Litter

Open Your Eyes- A Photoblog on Why We Should Not Litter
I had a very eventful walk today….
… wandering along in silence gazing at the crisp clear scenery… breathing in the fresh air that held a tang of sea & salt… trying not to think of anything at all…

… I just wanted to immerse myself in all things nature…

But then….

…. I came upon a cormorant standing quietly by a boat;
**I was surprised it didn't take off then & there, for they never linger close to humans; I sat on a nearby rock & watched it quietly…. I also noticed a seagull on the sand nearby not doing seagull things…. and It only took a few minutes to realize that both cormorant & sea gull were not well; both just stood there, looking at me…. well the sea gull was sitting…. I slowly walked closer to the gull and he did not move either… I walked closer & the gull stood up… wobbled & sat back down; but not before I noticed both his legs were tangled with fishing line…
**I decided to back-trace my steps to the Marine Rescue Centre ( which rescues people ) and ask for help; there was only one woman at the centre and I told her about the cormorant & gull. Together we went to check on the poor sea birds, who were right where I had left them.
**The woman from Marine rescue rang Animal rescue…. a wild-life carer arrived within 10 minutes (she had been at a daycare centre rescuing a snake from the daycare )…. the cormorant was weak and easy to pick up & move to the shade of the woman's car…
But the seagull was another matter… even though its legs were hopelessly tangled in fishing line his wings worked fine…. another wildlife rescuer was called but it hopeless…every time they got close to him he would fly out of reach… until finally he flew out across the ocean to a nearby twin-hull yacht… we could not help… not this time; the gull would not go far from land in that condition.
The woman told me the cormorant had obviously swallowed something… like trash or a fishing hook…
The bird was being taken to the vet but only has a 50/50 chance of survival.
Notice the name of the boat where I found both cormorant & gull.

I walked home In tears… feeling useless and angry…. the cormorant will most likely die because people are too lazy to be responsible.


  1. So many people are so darned thoughtless!
    When I go for walks with my husband (or alone) we almost always end up picking up rubbish that others have left. On jetties and near the lake, we often find bits of fishing line that could entangle a bird.
    Too many animals die because of us!
    Another good (if sad) blog entry. Linda Visman

  2. I too pick up rubbish I see on my walks along the beach... sadly the beautiful cormorant didn't make it.