Pollution of the Ocean
Making the Ocean Cleaner
How is Pollution Effecting the Ocean and Us?
One other huge factor is acid rain. Now acid rain is formed by chemicals that are released into the air or air pollution. When acid rain falls down, the soil in the watershed can't neutralize the acid and the acid stays in the body of water. The acid then releases the aluminum from around which is extremely toxic to animals and us. The water becomes polluted with aluminum and a bunch of other toxins. This is deadly to us and animals. Water pollution is one of the most overlooked problems by people. In the end, all types of pollution end up to the water and us.
Major Toxins and Factors of Water Pollution
Plastic trash or objects are also extremely toxic to. As I said in the last one, plastic looks like food to some creatures. Plastic can also carry chemicals like oil and etc. So whenever plastic looks like food to sea creatures, plastic can also store dangerous chemicals which would kill them. So plastic objects are also extremely dangerous.
The last harmful toxin I wanted to show you was called "microcystin". Microcystin is a blue/green algae which is usually caused by human sewage and fertilizers run into lakes and oceans. This will make the growth of algae increase greatly. This growth of algae is also know as "superblooms". Microcystin has caused sea otters to die and appear on shores. The sea otters had bright yellow eyes, yellow gums, and their whole liver was destroyed. This happened in Santa Cruz, California and they were able to find where the algae was infecting them and the source but scientists say if the virus comes back, they might effect creatures on land and even us.
SAVE OUR OCEAN
People created a little graphic of saving the ocean
Picking Up Trash
People cleaning up near the ocean and picking up plastic
Sea Otters were extremely endangered in the 1900's but know they're protected by the Endangered Species Act.
So What Can We Do To Help?
- If you use fertilizers or pesticides in your yard, try to limit yourself because as I said about super blooms, algae feeds off nutrients so if we were to let fertilizers and etc. into the ocean or bodies of water, superblooms would form killing animals.
- Try to limit the plastic you use. Plastic is extremely toxic to animals and us. Whenever we trash plastic into the dumps, they dump it into the ocean and harm the animals.
- Try reducing the electricity/carbon emissions. Carbon Dioxide is causing "Ocean Acidification" Ocean Acidification is when Carbon Dioxide is absorbed by sea water and Carbon Dioxide is lowering pH levels. So the acidity is killing creatures. So cut down on electricity.
So there's so many more things you can do to save the ocean and keep it clean. Protect our source of water and food and the fish's homes!