Ocean Pollution

Divers taking action and saving an innocent sea turtle caught on a fishing net

It needs to stop

Ocean pollution is the disperse of chemicals, oil, plastic, chemical particles and agricultural waste that is being found in the ocean. Everybody knows that the ocean is home to thousands of marine creatures so what exactly is happening to these creatures? Well, they are getting trapped by trash, that is thrown out from ships and boats, ingesting plastic and other substances into their system mistaking it for food (plastic debris) and plants decaying due to oils and chemicals being dumped onto the ocean. We have to take action to stop the major oil spills and trash loading before the whole ocean becomes a total wreck. That also means saving these animals from harm that we brought upon them. I know I’m not the only one who has noticed this problem as National Geographic has stated the effects of ocean pollution and how it also effects us. “Did you know that approximately 1.4 billion pounds of trash per year enters the ocean?” This is a fact that I found and I realized how much of an impact we have created in this situation. I would like to influence people to help and lend a hand to local beaches and help keep beaches clean.

Fish and other marine species are having trouble swimming and breathing due to chemical and oil waste the water they live in have, not just that but,  half of those marine species are the same fish that people eat. Imagine all the fish that end up in the super market and you just wonder to yourself, “wonder if they have ingested any harmful chemicals that can harm me as well”. That’s right, some chemicals that come from oil spills are found in the gills of fish and feathers of birds which can lead to many problems regarding our health, like birth defects, heart problems and it can even lead to cancer. We have to be more careful with where we throw out trash and chemicals. According to the CEF (Conserve Energy Future organization), Agricultural waste or otherwise known as industrial waste is also a form of pollution which is toxic substances being thrown directly to the ocean and increasing the carbon dioxide in the air and as a result, it rises the temperature making marine creatures who can’t adapt to warm water perish. Oil spills is one of the major problems that effect the ocean compared to the rest of the factors. The spills that appear in the surface of the ocean prevents the sun to emit sunlight to plants under the water and ruining the process of photosynthesis. These chemicals and other harmful substances can also hurt the food chain of these creatures and effecting every animal that is being eaten with toxic waste in their system.

I believe that these creatures shouldn’t be living in a state where everything around them is a mess. They are creatures whose homes are being destroyed and it’s not just about the animals but it’s also about the future of our planet. Our planet is evolving by the day but we are ignoring the fact that pollution is what is also killing our planet. What’s going to happen 300 years from now if we continue to pollute our oceans like this? We have to make a difference for the greater good. In my perspective, I love animals of all kind, they all have something unique in them and they all have a purpose in this world, not to be killed by harmful acts that humans have done and are still doing. I despise seeing on the news that another whale or dolphin has been found dead due to the pollution in the water. It’s depressing seeing this happen to so many marine animals when they have done nothing wrong. That is why I recommend people to visit Save Our Shores a prevention group that list volunteers to help keep beaches clean and have events that people can sign up for!

The ocean is a beautiful place filled with magnificent creatures and not to mention the unique plants that lie on the ocean floor. Everything about it is amazing but certain things are changing now and the ocean is loosing its spark. I really wish I can get people to understand that if we don’t do anything about this, it will continue to grow and maybe reach a point where we can not do anything about it no more because there is just so much trash. They’re is actually a word for it and is not very rare. “Dead Zones” are what parts of the ocean that have low oxygen levels are being called, as a result, no living creatures are able to survive in those parts of the oceans. According to a National Geographic article, dead zones are caused by a great amount of pollution and other nutrients that absorbed in the ocean such as phosphorus and nitrogen making it difficult for marine life to take place. I know we can change and all it takes is a lot of minds to come together to make a difference.

2 thoughts on “Ocean Pollution

  1. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

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