On May 28, on the coast of Thailand, a dying giant whale cub was found. People tried every means to rescue it. During the rescue, it vomited five plastic bags. However, four days later, on June 2, the baby died. At autopsy, 80 plastic bags weighing 8 kg were found in its stomach. The whale eventually died of marine plastic pollution, and more and more marine life has died as a result
According to scientific estimates, about 8 million tons of plastic waste are washed into the ocean every year. Most seabirds and turtles have eaten plastic. Plastic pollution has caused more than 1 million deaths of marine animals every year. Because plastic is very light and can be transmitted to every corner by wind and tide, there are a lot of plastic waste in densely populated coastal areas or remote islands on the earth, and it is spread all over the areas at different depths from the sea surface to the bottom of the sea. Marine animals eat plastic with the sea water, which can not be digested will lead to blockage of the digestive system and affect eating. When they accumulate to a certain amount and can not eat other nutritious food, they can not continue to survive. In 2011, a young sperm whale died, and more than 100 plastic bags were found in its stomach.
Maybe this giant whale sounds far away from us, but such a serious pollution of marine plastics makes us suspect that there are also plastics in the seafood we have eaten. In fact, plastic fragments often spread all over the ocean in a tiny state. Oceanographers call them “micro plastics”. No matter how small the marine organisms are, they probably have eaten these plastic wastes, and when they eat them, they will not be able to eat them When people come to the dining table, these plastic wastes also enter people’s bodies. Plastic is the most difficult material to digest and decompose. When there are more and more plastics in people’s bodies, the result will be the same as this little giant whale. Marine plastic waste pollution is no longer a matter of a country, but a serious problem faced by all mankind and the world. If we can no longer effectively control and reduce marine plastic waste pollution, then the ultimate victim is human beings themselves.