100 million marine animals die each year from plastic waste alone.
100,000 marine animals die from getting entangled in plastic yearly – this is just the creatures we find!
1 in 3 marine mammal species get found entangled in litter, 12-14,000 tons of plastic are ingested by North Pacific fish yearly.
- Our marine pollution and debris are hazardous for creatures in the gyres.
- Loggerhead sea turtles hunt jellyfish, which unfortunately look remarkably like plastic bags.
- The majority of marine life cannot differentiate their food from plastic garbage we’ve dumped.
- These animals starve to death, clogging their stomachs with plastic so they can’t eat real food.
- For example, Albatrosses and other birds mistake plastics for fish eggs, and they sadly feed them to their chicks, which in turn perish from organ failure or starvation.
- Marine plastic pollution is found in 100% of turtles, 59% of whales, and 36% of seals in recent studies.
- The air isn’t safe either,more than 90% of all seabirds are found to have plastic pieces in their stomachs.
- Mammals like seals drown in the 705,000 tons of discarded fishing nets – this horrifying phenomenon has been dubbed ‘ghost fishing’.
500 marine locations are now recorded as dead zones globally, currently the size of the United Kingdom’s surface (245,000 km²)
- Our coral reefs house some 25% of all marine life known to man. When it comes in contact with marine plastic, the probability of it dying goes from 4%-89%.
- The majority of fish we consume as humans (trout, perch, cisco, etc) would have ingested plastic and microfibers.
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