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Coastal Cleanup at Tigertail Beach

See larger Marian Miller, left, and Sue Miller patrol the beach for trash. The Friends of Tigertail held a beach cleanup Saturday morning, part of the International Coastal Cleanup scouring shores worldwide. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Marian Miller, left, and Sue Miller patrol the beach for trash. The Friends of Tigertail held a beach cleanup Saturday morning, part of the International Coastal Cleanup scouring shores worldwide. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Sue Miller, halfway through a miles-long walk looking for trash.
  • Michelle Gilley, visiting from St. Louis, heard about the cleanup in the newspaper, and wanted to help.
  • Clouds of birds enjoy the early morning air at the end of the Tigertail spit.
  • Steve Servente gets in an early morning run at Tigertail Beach.
  • Marian Miller, left, and Sue Miller patrol the beach for trash. The Friends of Tigertail held a beach cleanup Saturday morning, part of the International Coastal Cleanup scouring shores worldwide. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
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Scott Moyer of Isles of Capri with a batfish he found. The Friends of Tigertail held a beach cleanup Saturday morning, part of the International Coastal Cleanup scouring shores worldwide.
  • Michelle Gilley, visiting from St. Louis, heard about the cleanup in the newspaper, and wanted to help. The Friends of Tigertail held a beach cleanup Saturday morning, part of the International Coastal Cleanup scouring shores worldwide. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Friends of Tigertail president Debbie Roddy tabulates the items found.
  • The front half of a wild pig is one of the more unusual items littering Tigertail Beach.

As volunteer work goes, this was a walk on the beach. And a record-high 95 volunteers did walk on Tigertail Beach, as well as scouring the mangroves, the lagoon and the parking lot, as part of the Friends of Tigertail's quarterly cleanup on Saturday morning.The Friends' September effort is part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. On the third Saturday in September every year, volunteers around the world, thinking globally and acting locally, go out near their own communities, pick up and tabulate the trash they find, and provide a treasure trove of data on what is getting dumped into the world's oceans.

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