We just got this picture from a local photographer, Terry McCormac, who saw this tragic scene in Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing. The sea otter pup is enclosed in a plastic bag and the mother is frantically trying to get the plastic bag off to save her pup.
This is one of the most shocking pictures we have ever seen of plastic entanglement with marine animals and is making us work even harder to get a plastic bag ban started in Santa Cruz. Click here to sign our petition for a plastic bag ban.
Just last month there was an article about 7 beached sperm whales in Italy who were killed by ingesting plastic. Click here for the full story.
Here at Save Our Shores we are working on the draft for the Santa Cruz city plastic bag ban, but it needs to go further than that. As a coastal state, we need a state-wide ban on plastic bags and it all starts with you! So tell your law makers to support a plastic bag ban and always bring your own bag to the store, plastic needs a time out.