Our oceans are a trove of beautiful fish, fauna and small ecosystems. Unfortunately, many behaviors and activities we participate in on land affect our oceans. One of the worst activities people on land participate in is littering. Littering is the practice of throwing trash away at undesignated spots. Littering is not only ugly to look it; it is harmful to our ocean’s ecosystems.
Litter in the oceans includes Styrofoam, plastic bottles, fishing lines, tires, shoes, diapers and a variety of other garbage. The ocean’s currents carry this trash along to lakes, rivers and streams. Unfortunately, much of this trash doesn’t make it back to land. Animals can get caught in plastic bags or fishing line. Fish may try to eat some of the trash, which results in serious health issues or even death.
Besides health complications, trash also changes the ecosystems in many other ways. Invasive species are often carried on pieces of trash, and then take over new habitats. Fishing line, plastic and other types of garbage, may also kill marine plants. Also, garbage can sink to the bottom of the ocean floor, which essentially changes the ocean floor itself. Killing many ocean dwelling sea animal and plants.
When you throw a bottle out of your car window, or leave your picnic wrappers behind on the beach-remember the sea life you’re affecting. You may be harming the lives of hundreds of tiny fish and sea animals. Our oceans are one of the true natural wonders of the world, and we should try our best to keep them clean and safe from litter.