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E komo mai; welcome! Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is surrounded by a lei of foam in the middle of the North Pacific; it's a beautiful, special place.

Not only are there albatross on Midway, but many other interesting kinds of wildlife, both on the land and in the sea. Please enjoy exploring FOAM, an educational blog actively done while on Midway from May through August 2010. Posts are added from off-Midway, as information becomes available. If you're interested in a particular topic, please use the search box or the alphabetical list of "labels" along the left side of the blog page.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Marine Debris!

Eh, Barb. We get plenny marine debris heah. Whachoo gonna do 'bout it? Look at dis one picha of da poor Hawaiian Monk Seal; da frenz at NOAA* took it.  Check out dere marine debris blog and da Marine Debris 101.

Poor braddah! He mebe starve if no can take 'em off!  Yeah, so Barb: whachoo doin' 'bout marine debris here on Midway?

[*Photo from marine debris blog; taken under MMPA/ESA permit #848-136 by NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center]


Barb said...

Hi Uncle; howzit!

Marine debris is a problem that we're all concerned about, really all over the world. I'm working on a post that will tell our FOAM followers about a marine debris beach cleanup done on Midway a week ago. Stay tuned!

Kahiko said...

Uncle, marine debris is not only a problem in the ocean environment, but also in freshwater areas. I will make a post so that our FOAM readers will know about the marine debris problem for our Laysan Duck "seeps."

Anonymous said...

does anyone know if the can came off of the snout of the monk seal?

Barb said...

No, I'm sorry, we don't know, for sure, if the can came off of the monk seal's snout...but I bet it did. In fact, as the post said, since the NOAA people took the picture, they probably took the can off. The picture was posted on their marine debris blog by Carey...which is probably Carey Morshige. Here's her email address if you'd like to contact her directly--

Thanks for being concerned!