Don’t Trash the Ocean

When Green Tie was a young seal, his curiosity led him to explore a green plastic packing strap, probably dropped from a container ship, along his migration route.  As he grew, the strap became tighter, and eventually became life threatening.  In 2011 Marine Mammal Center volunteers and professionals were able to isolate the 700 pound seal and remove the strap, naming him Green Tie after the green packing strap that could have ended his life.  Green Tie has continued to visit Piedras Blancas, none the worse for his trauma.  You can find the history of Green Tie and his experiences with the Marine Mammal Center at

Plastic trash in the ocean and on land is a big problem for all kinds of animals. Help keep our wildlife safe by properly disposing of all your trash.  You can also help keep state parks clean and wild by becoming a Litter Getter.  To learn more information about this and other programs, go to

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