Too many people refuse to take the impact of plastic bags, trash, and debris in the oceans seriously.
For some it is as simple as out of sight and out of mind. If they can’t see it (the destruction caused by plastic trash), it cannot possibly be an issue to grapple with. For others, the attitude they present is,”don’t bother me with facts, my mind’s made up!”
I happened across this video of a Bryde’s whale dying after having eaten plastic trash. This was confirmed after the necropsy as this brief clip shows.
If you think this was a very rare occurrence, think again. The following is from a recent post from The Nature Conservancy:
Plastics: 1, Marine Mammals: 0
Plastic bags, plastic cups, plastic sheeting, plastic bottles, plastic toys, plastic, plastic, plastic. There’s even a patch of Pacific Ocean — thought to be at least the size of Texas and dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — that is just plastic and other trash, bobbing along at the surface, circling in the current.
Still, plastics aren’t the only problem, just one of the most obvious. All over the world, animals (especially marine mammals and sea turtles) are dying from eating our trash.