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Your Valentine's Day balloons are ending up in the ocean

Posted at 10:05 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 12:32:26-05

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Will your sweetheart know how much you love them, if a latex bubble filled with helium doesn't say so? Yes, and the environment will thank you.

As the Valentine's Day balloons that got away come back down, volunteers are finding many of them polluting the ocean.

Friends of Palm Beach says they found 35 balloon in one day during their clean-up. The balloons can kill animals, pollute the ocean and cause power outages.

Balloons also use Helium, a finite resource.

RELATED: Helium shortage deflating balloon dreams

A once popular expression of grief, the balloon release, has also come under fire lately. Activists can appreciate the sentiment, but would like to remind everyone that balloons don't go to heaven. They return to earth as litter.