Editor’s Note: A special report for Neptune 911 from Andrew Dilevics from DiveIn.com
When we think of the ocean, our first thought is; how deep and vast it is. The ocean covers approximately 72% of the world’s surface and it was previously thought that because of its size, it could withstand any sort of waste. However, over the past few decades, the amount of waste entering the ocean has become dangerously high and is affecting marine life as well as mankind.
Every year, over 8 million tons of plastic is being deliberately dumped into the ocean, causing catastrophic consequences for marine life and their habitats. Did you know that approximately 44% of all seabirds, all turtle species, a huge number of fish species and over 22% of cetaceans have all been found to have plastic in or around their bodies? The affects are staggering and show that simple mistakes, such as throwing trash on the ground can have a dangerous affect on marine life.
If you would like to learn more about ocean pollution and how it affects marine life and mankind, then take a look at the fascinating infographic below, created by the team at http://divein.com/ …