On Thursday morning, Justin Williams, a patrol member with the Turtle Island Restoration Network, was walking on the shores of Surfside, Texas, when he noticed something lying still right at the ocean’s edge.
Williams moved closer, and realized it was a young Kemp’s ridley sea turtle — with a thick clump of tangled balloon strings wrapped around her neck. A deflated red balloon was still attached.
“[She was] pretty wore out,” Williams told The Dodo. “Sadly, there were quite a few balloons out there on the beach ... I also found a dead pelican wrapped in them.”