By: NATASHA VO
Have you ever gone to the beach and spotted a cute little seal? Or went swimming in the ocean and spotted a giant turtle? Maybe just sitting in a sushi restaurant, enjoying some fresh fish? All these things that we enjoy live in the ocean, which unfortunately is being drastically affected by trash and pollution. Hundreds of marine species are being affected by human actions and we need to act quick before time runs out!
“According to the United Nations, at least 800 species worldwide are affected by marine debris, and as much as 80 percent of that litter is plastic. Fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals can become entangled in or ingest plastic debris, causing suffocation, starvation, and drowning,”(Simon Reddy). Marine animals can’t tell the difference between food and trash, therefore, they consume these plastics or get entangled in them, resulting in their death. Humans consume some marine life, and sometimes, the metals that they consume will then be consumed by the human eating the marine life, making a threat not only to marine life, but also to humans.These facts need to be put out there more because this situation needs more attention. Marine life is dying, and one day, it could be too late if we don’t take action now.
How can you help? The answer is: Recycle! Choose products that don’t require much trash, but are reusable instead. Buy reusable bags, water bottles, or foods that decompose easily. Main plastics that harm the most are plastic bags, plastic ring holes, or water bottles since they can cause strangulation or stomach problems since plastic can’t be digested well. Please take part in this action to protect all marine life!