My boyfriend and I pulled up at Arcadia beach to eat our sandwiches we brought for a surf trip. Once down there I noticed crazy shell colors I have never seen before, Not thinking anything of it. We continued down the beach noticing a dead bird, and garbage everywhere. Glass, plastic, rubber materials all over. I have lived in Oregon my entire life, I have never seen anything like this. We decided to empy out our reusable shopping bag we brought the food in and started loading up the bottles, and plastic shards. We were on the beach for maybe a half hour. We loaded that bag up so full we had to turn back and I grabbed a pile of nets digging into my fingers and dragged them up to the car where there were garbage cans. Once to the car we pulled out 5 more reusable shopping bags and headed back down the beach. Starting with one side we thought wed be able to make our way back and get the big stuff last. This did not happen. This beach was so disgusting. There were rusted tires, asian bottles, and lids, nets, giant ropes, glass jars, jugs, toothbrushes, rubber soles from shoes, flip flops, tons of lighters, foam, plastic shards, and medicine bottles. We filled up the 5 bags so full we were dropping stuff and couldnt look back. It ruined our day thinking about what we as humans have done to the ocean, how we as humans dont help eachother out. If we would all just pick up one glass bottle, one lighter, one chemical filled jug off the beach we would be making our contribution to fixing this problem. But everyone passed with no eye contact, leaving the beach empty handed.
Garbage all over Arcadia Beach!
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