In my lifetime as a beachcomber, I've come across many strange things washed up on the shore. Normally, this mainly consists of trash left behind by thoughtless beachgoers or tossed overboard from someone's boat. Just this past Sunday this is what I picked up to dispose of properly…
I just shake my head in disgust and pick this crap up. I do this to protect the wildlife I love and to keep the environment clean. I'm not the only one, there are many others like me, who do what little we can.
Then today I see this story on the news…
That's not the actual video I saw, I did a search on YouTube to share with you. Now I admit, I laughed when I first saw a piano sitting out on a sandbar, but then I needed to know more. I thought about what the end result would be when this piano gets hit by one of our storms, breaks to smithereens and puts our wildlife at risk. Just think of all the wires, tuning knobs, keys, etc. that make up a piano.
In an article, New Piano (Sand)Bar in Biscayne Bay, NBC Miami reports that a 600-pound grand piano has turned up on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay.
In the video above, in case you didn't watch it, the AP reporter says that it appears to have been strategically placed on the sandbar, possibly a publicity stunt or left after a video shoot.
Well duh, someone obviously placed this thing here.
This was the reaction of the people who read the article on ABC Miami. I'm definitely part of the 3% that is furious, but I'm equally furious at the folks who didn't stop laughing at this careless act long enough to think of the long term effect on our sea critters.
I'm even more furious at our local authorities. The ABC article goes on to report, "Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said they don't plan on moving the piano unless it becomes a problem for animals or boaters."
"'We are not responsible for removing such items,' FWC spokesman Jorge Pino told the Miami Herald. 'Even a car can become a habitat for wildlife. Unless the item becomes a navigational hazard, the Coast Guard would not get involved.'"
Is it only me or does anyone else think it would be easier to remove the piano as it is, rather than finding another dead sea turtle or dolphin on shore?
Call me furious and disgusted today, I stopped laughing long ago.