Chemicals dumping, species dying. You can help.
Dead zones and Garbage patches
Dead zones are also extremely common in Earth's water. Dead zones form when trash and chemicals are dumped into the ocean. These chemicals form algae which takes in all of the oxygen around it. Nothing can live here either because no oxygen is available for organisms to live. 400 dead zones are known in the world, and many more haven't been found.
Chemical and Trash Dumping
Radioactivity and Chemical Side-Effects
Many of the man-made chemicals dumped into the ocean have devastating effects on marine life. Habitat destruction is limiting the space available for fish and mammals. Chemicals in the ocean cause diseases such as cancer, immune system damage, and behavioral problems. These side-effects can be passed to humans when consumed.
Ropes Park Beach
A Nueces County beach in Corpus Christi, Texas. One of the most polluted beaches in the United States and the dirtiest beach in Texas with 62% of all samples taken recorded unsafe.
A marine pollution victim. This seal has been ensnared in a net that was most likely cut away from a ship. If it wasn't helped soon after it was found it would have died of suffocation.
An example of the oxygen diminishing, algae infested, numerous dead zones across the world. 400 have been found and many more remain. These spaces are slowly destroying natural habitats.
Ropes Park Beach
How to help
There are many things you can do to help reduce marine pollution. Some examples are organizing beach clean-ups, reducing trash, checking what you put down sink drains, and taking care of a local lake or stream.
All of these steps will help save marine life, make our ocean cleaner, and keep our beaches safe to use.