plastic kills marine animals
Plastic has been slowly accumulating in the marine environment since the 1960s, to the point that we now have huge masses of plastic floating in the oceans and other waste plastics washing up on the once beautifully clean beaches around the world. Blue Planet II shows toll of plastic waste in our oceans.
But more than floating around in the water column, plastic trash is found in the guts of more than 90% of the world’s sea birds ,in the stomachs of more than half of the world’s sea turtles , and it’s even choking the life out of whales .
As plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down, once an animal dies and decays after ingesting plastic, the plastic is then freed back into the marine environment to carry on killing other wildlife.
At the rate at which plastic is accumulating in the oceans of the planet, it’s predicted that, by 2050, the mass of plastic in the world’s oceans will exceed the mass of all the fish that live there .
Tens of thousands of whales, birds and turtles die every year from plastic bag litter in the marine environment. Because they often mistake plastic bags for food such as jellyfish.
And even the deepest sea creatures can’t escape plastic pollution; samples taken by scientists at the Scottish Association for Marine Science; found that 48% of creatures had plastic in them, at a depth of 2,000 m.
what is the problem ?
It was mostly polyethylene and polyesters from clothing which makes it was into water via washing machine waste water; as well as microplastics, small pieces of plastic found in cleaning products.
But entangling or lodging inside the digestive tract of an unfortunate victim; like whales and other marine mammals, birds, sea turtles and fishes, is not the end of the line; because plastics are neither digestible nor biodegradable
Plastic bucket stuck in a whale’s bucket, a newborn dolphin poisoned by his mother’s contaminated milk
And seabirds unsuspectingly feeding their chicks piece of plastic; these scenes from the BBC Blue Planet II documentary series were heart-breaking. And just a snapshot of the problems plastic pollution is causing in the oceans.
Everyday plastic kills marine animals and birds.
It would save the lives of millions of marine animals and seabirds; and reduce the amount of plastics ending up in our oceans.
Only days after the plastic’s perils in our seas were highlighted by Sir David Attenborough in Blue Planet 2; comes a distressing report showing how this type of pollution is killing some of the oceans most stately creatures.
That flotilla of escaped plastic ducks joins millions of Lego pieces, sneakers, styrofoam insulation, plastic crates and a plethora of other items lost at sea that – surprisingly – are teaching us about ocean currents and about the astonishing indestructibility of plastics in marine environments.
“Unless the flow of plastics and industrial pollution into the world’s oceans is reduced, marine life will be poisoned by them for many centuries to come.”
Sir David then continued with a message about how plastics were threatening marine life,: “Unless the flow of plastics and industrial pollution into the world’s oceans is reduced, marine life will be poisoned by them for many centuries to come”.
These marine animals eat these microplastics and end up on human plates.
Today plastic kills marine animals, tomorrow plastic will kill humans.
For our survival it is essential to no longer use plastic.
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