We also learnt may ways we can stop rubbish getting on our beaches.
Heidi told us a story about a shovel nosed stingray that had a hair band caught around its nose.
The project that they are working on is called "Australian Marine Debris Initiative'. Tangaroa Blue started in New Zealand and is currently working on 1748 different sites. During one beach clean up, they found 7154 thongs and at a clean up on the Great Ocean Road, they found tonnes of cigarette butts. To solve that problem, they put bins along the beach. This seemed to work.
Heidi also showed us a mockumentary called ' The Majestic Plastic Bag'.
She told us that data is almost as important as getting rid of the rubbish. Since 2004 more than 2 million pieces of data have been recorded on the Australian Debris Database creating an overview of what amounts and types of marine debris are impacting on beaches around our country.
Broulee Public School have adapted North Broulee beach and as our classes undertake clean ups throughout the year, we will be adding statistics to this data base.
The talk that Heidi was very informative and we thank her and Bernadette for taking the time to talk to us.