Sea creatures, like this turtle, are being threatened by pollution and trash in the world’s oceans. Every year, humans consume 300 million tons of plastic, and some of it gets dumped in oceans and rivers. Fish, seals, sea lions, and more are being forced to leave where they always lived in the ocean to a new spot that isn’t covered with trash.
Whales and dolphins are also being pushed away from their homes. 300,000 cetaceans are caught unintentionally in fishing nets (These include whales, dolphins, and porpoises). Because of this, many species of whales are becoming endangered species. Pollution can affect so many animals, and there is so much we can do to stop trash building up in our oceans. Sea birds are also being threatened by plastic that people carelessly throw into the oceans. Birds can digest the plastic, or it can choke them.
Oil spills play a role in the endangerment of oceanic creatures. Since people on land are running out of fossil fuels, people have started to drill oil from somewhere in the ocean or near the coastline. Because of this, oil has gotten into the ocean, and many animals can get affected by this. Animals are dying because of the carelessness of humans, and we need to do something about this.
Things we can do
You need to make sure that you dispose of hazardous materials in the right place, and not in the oceans. Secondly, you can pick up garbage along the coastline, if you see any. This will help prevent the endangerment of many species of ocean creatures. Avoid using the toilet as a wastebasket. The fiber infused cleaning products that have become popular shouldn’t be thrown away in the toilet. If this happens, more and more animals could get killed. Be careful with what you do with your trash, remember, even if you don’t see it, it's still there.