I came across a great post the other day on the site This Dish is Vegetarian about how various types of plastic find their way into the Oceans and impact birds, whales, sea turtles, seals, and other species. The post was great as it described the plastic as Ocean predators against some of the most loveable species we know today. The statistics it mentions regarding the number of animals killed each year were devastating. “100 million sea creatures – including a combination of 1 million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles – die annually” from plastic. I nearly choked on my food that I was eating while reading this post. I imagined 100,00 marine mammals and sea turtles dead in the ocean in one massive graveyard. I know the animals don’t all die in one place and are probably spread out, but that mortality rate is way too high!
The post goes on to describe 9 of the most notorious types of waste (not all are plastic) impacting valuable creatures and habitats throughout the Oceans. The waste includes: Aluminum Foil and Cans, Balloons, Batteries, Beverage Bottles, Bottle Caps, Cargo Ship Castaways, Cigarette Butts, Condoms, and Dental Floss. I highly recommend you read the manner in which each type of waste impacts Ocean Species. I was surprised Dental Floss was a major contributor to deaths in the Ocean.
Although the post is a little disturbing with the numbers of deaths attributed to “small” wasteful products, it does a great job to provide the reader with solutions to reduce and/or eliminate the impact of the products at hand. I encourage you to read the post and follow the guide.