Ocean Pollution is a problem that directly affects ocean organisms and the natural balance. It indirectly affects human health and resources. Oil spills, toxic wastes and the dumping of other materials all contribute to the broad term ‘Ocean Pollution’. Because oceans cover over 70% of the surface of the earth, water sources are the perfect carriers of pollution. Thus allowing for pollution to spread rapidly and to go all over the world via inter-connected seas. Lawful ocean dumping of various pollutants was once common practice, but is now regulated. However, the wastes that were dumped into the ocean since the early 1900’s remain there still. Human wastes, ground-up garbage, water from bathing, and plastics all contribute to ocean dumping and are contaminating our food supply. Balloons have been known to find their way into animals such as sperm whales, blocking their digestive tracts; causing the animals to die. Plastic six-pack rings choke various animals and other waste is mistaken by animals for food. Basically any unnatural trash can be harmful to ocean life.
The video on ocean pollution was very informative. People need to be informed about the problems that our environment is face with so that we can begin to make a change. People must realize that we alone are the problem. The animals are not able to cause all of the environmental problems that we have, it is humans. Since humans are the problem, we alone must be the solution.