The dangers of plastic pollution on marine life

By Kusum

Plastic waste has become a huge problem all over the world, especially for our underwater friends. It is causing a lot of harm, and we need to do something about it right away.

Animals like turtles, seals, birds, and whales often get trapped in plastic waste, like those fishing nets that are left behind, called “ghost nets.” It can hurt them and even kill them. Another big problem is when marine animals accidentally eat plastic. Fish, seabirds, and turtles think it is food and they swallow it. But plastic is not food at all! It gets stuck in their bodies, causing injuries, and could end up making them starve.

As time goes on, plastic breaks down into tiny pieces called microplastics. These little particles soak up toxic chemicals in the water. And you know what is even worse? When marine animals eat microplastics, they also consume those poisonous chemicals. These chemicals build up inside their bodies and disrupt the whole food chain. So even animals that do not directly eat plastic still suffer from pollution.

Coral reefs are in big trouble too. They are homes for many marine species, but plastic can suffocate them. No growth means no life. And when coral reefs die, the whole ecosystem gets messed up, and we lose a lot of different types of animals and plants. 

It is crucial for all of us to take responsibility for this plastic mess. We can make a real difference by using less plastic, throwing it away properly, and recycling it. We also need to push for new rules, help clean up beaches, and tell others about this problem. If we all work together, we can save our marine friends and ensure our oceans stay clean for a long time. Let’s take action against plastic pollution right now!