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In photos: Drowning in plastics

28 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • plastic
  • marine pollution
  • marine species
  • marine turtles

It’s no news that plastic is deadly. It’s littering our sidewalks, finding its way to riverbeds, onto beaches and into delicate ocean ecosystems.

 

Plastics have become a convenient necessity in our everyday lives. After all, they’re made to be durable and last longer than a lifetime. But unfortunately this comes at a cost to our environment. Every piece of plastic ever created still exists in some form today, whether whole or broken down into smaller, unidentifiable pieces. Not only that, but often the breakdown process releases dangerous, toxic chemicals.

 

This is bad news for marine wildlife. Vulnerable animals like turtles and whales can get entangled in fishing nets, plastic bags, balloons and more. Many animals can also suffocate or starve when they mistake plastics for food.

That’s why it’s so important that we all do our bit to reduce our use and dispose of waste correctly

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OCTOPUS

Common Sydney octopus (Octopus tetricus) found with duct / adhesive tape stuck to its suckers at Bare Island, La Perouse © Danika Head / WWF-Aus

 

JELLYFISH
Jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca) trapped in plastic. Kornati, Croatia © WWF-Adria / Matko Pojatina

 

PENGUINS

 Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) caught in fishing net on the island of Chiloe, Chile © naturepl.com / Enrique Lopez-Tapia / WWF

 

WATER BIRDS

White stork (Ciconia ciconia) caught in plastic rubbish at refuse dump, Spain © naturepl.com / John Cancalosi / WWF

 

CORALS

Plastic bag on coral head. Indo-Pacific Ocean © Jürgen Freund / WWF

 

OTTERS

 Giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) adult playing with plastic bottle, Pantanal, Pocone, Brazil © naturepl.com / Paul Williams / WWF

 

TURTLES

 Green turtle hatchling climbing over plastic bottle strewn on the beach,  Juani Island, Tanzania © Brent Stirton / Getty Images / WWF-UK

 

SEA STARS (starfish)

Starfish (Fromia monilis) stuck on a plastic calculator trashed near Banda Neira, Indonesia © Jürgen Freund / WWF

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