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OUR OCEANS

Our oceans are more than just large bodies of salt water.  They are home to millions of different animal species and because of plastic, 700 of those species are faced with extinction from pollution, entanglement, and ingestion. Plastic bags look similar to jelly fish, one of the sources of food.  This picture illustrates how easy it is for plastic to end up in the stomach of so many sea creatures. 

Studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of Seals and 40% of Seabird species.

Every year more that 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans, killing more than 100 000 marine creatures.

Of those 236 000 tons are micro-plastics – tiny pieces of broken down plastic smaller than your little fingernail. 

 

Many fish humans consume, have at one time or another ingested plastic microfibers. 

By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than there will be fish by weight if we do not change our ways.

Scientists have documented 700 marine species affected by ocean plastic.

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