Angelenos Band Together to Clean Coast

Heal the Bay organized  tens of thousands of volunteers to remove close to 600,000 pounds of trash throughout California at this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 17. Heal the Bay staffers coordinated the Los Angeles effort, which drew nearly 11,000 volunteers to remove approximately 44,000 pounds of debris over three hours, at 65 sites spanning 86 miles throughout L.A. County.

Among this year’s unusual items of trash: a water-damaged but fully intact wallet and a World War I-era, khaki-green gas mask (Santa Monica Pier dive site); the front panel of a small safe (Toes Beach in Playa del Rey) and a carefully enameled, 8-inch human fingernail (Compton Creek). Ewww!

Read more about 2011 Coastal Cleanup Day.

View some photos, too.