Jun 24, 2016 12:45 PM

Hampton Beach cleanup planned to protect marine wildlife

HAMPTON - Officials at New Hampshire's seaside beaches aren't finding syringes and other drug paraphernalia like at some inland lakes, but they plan to clean up litter that poses a hazard to marine wildlife.

"The two main risks are plastic that [whales] swallow," said Jen Kennedy, Executive Director for the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation. "There was a whale last year in the mid Atlantic who swallowed a small plastic from a DVD Case and cut its stomach and it couldn't feed anymore and died. So even something small like this piece of plastic killed a 40-foot whale."

Hampton Beach is gathering volunteers for a beach cleanup planned on Saturday from 4-5 p.m. Anyone interested in participating can meet at the Sea Shell Stage.

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