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WATWB: Teenage Diver Fights Golf Ball Pollution


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At age 16, free diver Alex Weber found an astounding number of golf balls in the ocean near her home in California. Five golf courses – two near the ocean and three along the Carmel River- were the source. Golf balls degrade in water releasing toxic chemicals and microplastic harmful to marine life. Alex has  brought over 50,000 golf balls up from the ocean.

“She and her father would haul hundreds of pounds of them up, and then of course more golfers would hit more into the ocean.” NPR (source below)

The following video is from Alex’s website:


With help from Matt Savoca and Stanford University, Alex published an article about the golf ball pollution in the journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin. Now 18, Alex plans to study marine science at a university. She is still collecting golf balls.

You can read more of Alex’s story in this article from NPR

Here’s a video from Alex and Jack’s gofundme page.


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

29 thoughts on “WATWB: Teenage Diver Fights Golf Ball Pollution

  1. Wow. A big thank you to Alex and her father for bringing this practice to our attention. It would be interesting to know if the golfers have since addressed this problem.

    • That’s how I felt reading about Alex and her family. I also wondered about the golfers. You’d think they could put up some sort of fencing to keep more balls on the course.

  2. hurray for good
    golf ball news, JoAnna 🙂

  3. Hi, great stories!!!!!! Hope you are well and not to overwhelmed.

  4. “50,000 golf balls” ? Yikes! good job Alex. Now, how about some fences or nets.

  5. Thanks, JoAnna, for making us aware of the golf ball pollution in the ocean. I had no idea this was happening and it makes me wonder how many other lakes and rivers are collecting golf balls at their bottom. I admire Alex for passionately attending to the planet in helping to rid the ocean of golf balls and pursuing a career in marine science.

  6. 50000 gold balls. Dd not know about this pollution. More power to Alex!

  7. Quite amazing effort – clearly much needed. Could the golf clubs be prevailed upon to emulate them, I wonder?

  8. thank you for this beautiful and sad post. Beautiful in the sense of what two dedicated people can achieve. Beautifully filmed and making us frightingly aware. I had no idea.
    There is so much destroying our oceans, one would hope the golf clubs might put up some netting
    to stop the balls.
    Thanks for highlighting this JoAnna, I will forward to some people.



    • Thank you, Miriam. I know golf balls are not the biggest polluting material, but they contribute and are so preventable. I was very impressed by Alex and her work.

  9. The video is mindblowing JoAnna – and KUDOS to Alex and her father for picking them up from the sea bed floor. I hope the golfers and the makers of the balls are more aware of this. Thank you ..

  10. AMAZING. What an herculean effort for such a great purpose. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Inspiring! Thanks for the post 🙂

  12. Had no idea about this, WOW! Great post, thanks so much for sharing this and for being part of #WATWB!😊

  13. 50,000 golf balls. That’s amazing work. Kudos to Alex and her father for thinking about the golf ball pollution in the ocean. More power to them!! And here’s hoping that the golf course authorities take measures to stop the balls from going in the ocean too!

  14. Pollution with golf balls! This is too much. Kudos to Alex.

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