By: Dianna Parker, Communications Specialist
Have you ever been to a wedding or birthday party where guests released balloons filled with helium into the air? Fun, right?
What most people don’t know (or remember) is that once balloons go up, they must come down. If they don’t become snagged on something and deflate, they will keep rising and eventually burst as pressure in the atmosphere gets higher. It will fall back down to Earth a different balloon.
So why does this matter? Seventy percent of the planet’s surface is water, which means it’s highly likely this popped balloon will end up in the ocean, where it may be mistaken by an unlucky marine animal for a tasty jelly fish. Balloons are usually made of rubber, latex, or plastic, which can block up an animal’s stomach. The strings can become wrapped around their necks, fins, or flippers, preventing them from hunting or cutting into their flesh.
Balloons are fun and festive, but please think twice before you let go.