Every year, over 5 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans.
Plastic pollution poses a serious problem for the creatures who live in the oceans.
According to Whale and Dolphin Conservation, 56% of all whale and dolphin species have been recorded eating
marine plastics that they've mistaken for food. In a 2006 report, Plastic Debris in the World’s Oceans,
Greenpeace stated that over 267 different species are known to have
suffered from entanglement or ingestion of plastic debris in the oceans. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration says that plastic debris
kills an estimated 100,000 marine mammals every year, along with millions of birds
and fishes. That's a lot of death in the oceans.
Plastic that is ingested can then block the animal's stomach and intestines causing it to slowly starve or find it's way into their brains, where it can change their behaviour. Often parent birds and turtles are seen trying to feed their offspring with plastic debris.
Plastic is #NotWhaleFood. We need to use less plastic and dispose more carefully of that we do use.
Here's a very long article from Coastal Care on the issue.
Meanwhile, Whale and Dolphin Conservation are asking people to join their #NotWhaleFood campaign, you can find out more here or take part on Twitter.