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Sure, the ocean is beautiful but if pollution continues our oceans could soon become nothing more than a floating garbage dump.
The ocean sure is a beautiful place isn't it?
But where does all the pollution come from? This bay looks completely fine.
Not all ocean pollution is visible, most trash that is thrown in is, "eaten by marine animals that mistake it for food, and some accumulates in ocean gyres "
One of the biggest sources of ocean pollution is "non-point source pollution, which occurs as a result of runoff".
What about the animals? Are they safe?
While not only animals are in danger, "Pollution can affect the food we eat" as well.
Not quite, "Marine debris injures and kills marine life, interferes with navigation safety, and poses a threat to human health."
But how does oil affect the ocean?
Oil can "destroy the insulating ability of fur bearing animals, such as sea otters.
Oil also, "has the potential to persist in the environment long after a spill event and has been detected in sediment 30 years after a spill." thus damaging the environment even more.
If these chemicals are ingested by humans they can,"result in dangerous health problems, which include hormonal issues, reproductive issues, and damage to our nervous systems and kidneys."
Many companies dump into the ocean, these chemicals can," be found within the ocean and can contaminate water supplies and our food chain by affecting the marine life involved."
But how does pollution affect us humans? Should we care?
How can we Help to save our oceans?
You can help to keep the oceans safe by,"leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work."
You can also help by, " finding a national organization and consider giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy."
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