Plastic shotgun wads show up in great numbers along waterways and shorelines throughout the world. Projected from shotgun barrels – the plastic wads are shot into marshes or over water where they are difficult to retrieve. Heavy rains and high tides cause the wads to float to the sea where they remain until picked up and sometimes photographed by concerned citizens. The wads have the ability to travel great distances in water, following ocean currents, and have been collected by beachcombers, dog walkers and sports enthusiasts far from their source.
Calling all you citizen scientists, please join us. Next time you find wads on the beach, take a picture and post it to our Shotgun Wad Data Collection Map below.