"How do we save whales and other marine animals from plastic in the
ocean? Our new review shows reducing plastic pollution can prevent the
deaths of beloved marine species. Over 700 marine species, including
half of the world’s cetaceans (such as whales and dolphins), all of its
sea turtles and a third of its seabirds, are known to ingest plastic.
When animals eat plastic, it can block their digestive system, causing a
long, slow death from starvation. Sharp pieces of plastic can also
pierce the gut wall, causing infection and sometimes death. As little as
one piece of ingested plastic can kill an animal.
About eight million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean each year, so
solving the problem may seem overwhelming. How do we reduce harm to
whales and other marine animals from that much plastic?
Like a hospital overwhelmed with patients, we triage. By identifying the
items that are deadly to the most vulnerable species, we can apply
solutions that target these most deadly items."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics