Oceans Plastic
 
   
 

 
   
   
Tons of plastic floating  in our oceans is a serious problem we face on this globe, considered to be one of most serious threats to our oceans.  90% of all trash floating on the oceanís surface is in the form of plastic materials, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. Plastic does not biodegrade, it photo-degrades with sunlight, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces. These plastic pieces are eaten by marine life and eventually works it way up the food chain

Plastic is also swept away by ocean currents, landing in swirling vortexes called ocean gyres. The North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California is home to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest ocean garbage site in the world. The floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas. These floating garbage sites are impossible to fully clean up.

Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic. Plastic poses a significant threat to the health of sea creatures, both big and small. 

It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade, threatening both human and ocean health.
 
 

        

 
 
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