Creature Feature: Plastic Free July Edition
This species, though showing its age, appears to be in the Stuffed Bear Family. These creatures are usually kept in comfortable indoor habitats and enjoy a symbiotic relationship with Homo sapiens. Thus they are clearly not equipped for the harsh conditions the ocean and beach have to offer. (Fish are not ideal snuggle buddies).
Stuffed Bears are generally made up of synthetic fibers that, when exposed to the elements, break down into microfibers. Microfibers are often confused for food by smaller species. Those smaller species are eaten by larger species and soon the microfibers have traveled all the way up the food chain.
If you see a Stuffed Bear or other creatures in this Family on the beach please take the time to humanely relocate it to a more proper habitat (i.e. the landfill).