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    Posted by Dilip on June 12, 2024 at 4:59 pm

    How does plastic pollution harm marine life?

    Bunny replied 1 month ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Bunny

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    June 18, 2024 at 3:27 pm
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    Plastic pollution poses a significant threat to marine life in several ways:

    1. Entanglement: Marine animals can become entangled in plastic items like fishing nets, plastic rings from packaging, and discarded fishing line. This can restrict their movement, prevent them from feeding, and even lead to drowning.

    2. Ingestion: Many marine animals, including fish, turtles, seabirds, and whales, mistake plastic items for food and accidentally ingest them. This can cause internal blockages, injuries, and starvation, ultimately leading to the animal’s death.

    3. Habitat Destruction: Plastic pollution can smother and degrade important marine habitats, such as coral reefs and seagrass beds, which many species rely on for food and shelter.

    4. Toxicity: Plastic items can leach harmful chemicals, such as bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, into the water. These chemicals can bioaccumulate up the food chain, potentially causing endocrine disruption and other health issues in marine organisms.

    5. Microplastics: Larger plastic items eventually break down into smaller pieces called microplastics, which are easily ingested by a wide range of marine life, from plankton to whales. Microplastics can carry and transport other pollutants, further exacerbating the problem.

    The impacts of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems are far-reaching and can disrupt the delicate balance of these environments, ultimately threatening the health and survival of countless marine species. Addressing this issue through improved waste management, reduced plastic consumption, and cleanup efforts is crucial for protecting our oceans and the life they sustain.

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