Over 700 Species Found to be Impacted by Plastic Pollution

Escape from the vortex” by Richard Black licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: National Geographic

“Imagine you ate lunch and then just felt weak and lethargic and hungry all day. That would be very confusing,” says marine biologist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as reported by National Geographic.

This is the case around the globe, as marine life is largely consuming (and getting trapped in and dying in) plastic pollution.

Hundreds of videos and pictures have captured marine life, such as sea turtles, with plastic bits integrated into their systems, many found dead after consuming large amounts of plastic in place of food.

Marine life is identifying plastic as food, say experts. One of the most harmful types of plastic waste is single-use plastic, such as plastic bags, straws and water bottles.

Already more than 700 species of marine life have been found affected by plastic pollution in the ocean, and growing.

The harsh truth is that one plastic in the ocean can keep killing marine life over and over again.

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