As Ralph Pace descended into the cold waters of Monterey Bay off of the California coast he expected to spy sea lions amid the kelp forest. This time, however, the curious and playful animals had discovered a discarded N-95 mask and were captivated by this new toy.
"I knew it was only a matter of time before we saw the COVID single use effects on the ocean. I’m actually surprised it took this long with the amount of masks and gloves you see laying around. But the rains here seemed to have brought some of them below. Swimming today I found a group of sea lions taking turns playing with a mask." - Ralph
Once the animals spotted Ralph diving nearby he proved to be much more interesting than the mask and as the sea lions were distracted the debris floated away on the currents.