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Authorities are looking for suspects who illegally dumped balloons in Biscayne Bay

MIAMI – Detectives with the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Illegal Dumping Unit are taking the lead in an interagency investigation after a witness captured video of people dumping balloons in Biscayne Bay, authorities said Wednesday.

Dozens of balloons were used to decorate a charter boat. A witness said he captured the men Tuesday afternoon at the Bayshore Landing Marina in Miami’s Coconut Grove and shared the video on Instagram.

Seeing one of the men burst the balloons while carelessly dropping the deflated rubber into the water outraged environmentalists. Conduct is unlawful in Florida.

“Detectives are currently working on the case and are following up all leads. Protecting our environment and marine life is a shared responsibility,” Detective Luis Sierra wrote in an email.

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The latex, mylar, or vinyl debris floats on the water surface. Turtles, seabirds and other sea creatures mistake them for jellyfish and eat them – or feed them to their young. That makes them deadly.

Environmentalists have a plea to boaters in South Florida: Don’t tie balloons to your boat. These harm wildlife.

Miami Commissioner Ken Russell said South Florida residents and tourists throw trash out of boats every weekend and it’s polluting Biscayne Bay.

“You have to realize that this is not a fine; this is a crime. You can be arrested for it,” Russell said.

Salty Miami’s Juan Pablo Ortega said balloons are a temporary decoration that can last for thousands of years.

“We were shocked to see on social media that they were intentionally popping these balloons and dropping them into the bay. The most shocking part is that the day before this happened, I came out of the channel and saw a giant sea turtle literally in front of this boat where they popped these balloons,” said David Fuller of Salty Miami, a sailboat charter that is based on environmental awareness is proud of.

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Miami Maritime Group’s Outboard Division shared the video on Instagram and released a statement saying the public “needs to understand the extent of the neglect and utter lack of care with which numerous boaters, captains and passengers alike are treating our oceans.” to understand”.

The Miami Police Department is asking anyone with information about the men in the video to email marinepatrol@miami-police.org.

Authorities are looking for the two men who threw balloons from a boat into Biscayne Bay.

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