This little video suitable commemorates what is good and what is horrible about the state of today's oceans in one perfect little production.
The video captures the gist and spirit of the slice of life comedy (with a serious undercurrent) mermaid comic called "The Little Trashmaid" run by its author, with new installments released roughly every two weeks.
harmful to the environment as it does not break down easily and is often mistaken as food by marine animals. Plastics are the most common element found in the ocean today. Plastic, in particular, is
a study done by the University of Georgia, 18 billion pounds of plastic trash winds up in our oceans each year. To put that in perspective, it’s enough trash to cover every foot of coastline around the world with five full trash bags of plastic…compounding every year. According to
5 most common items found in coastal cleanups around the world are all single-use plastics. They are: plastic cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic beverage bottles, plastic bottle caps, and plastic straws and drink stirrers. The
25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea. There are
land-based sources, including individuals, industry and improper waste management/infrastructure. Only 20% is the result of ocean-based sources, such as the fishing, shipping, and cruise ship industries. 80% of trash in the ocean is from
more than 80% of the negative effects on animals associated with ocean trash. Plastics cause
There is an island of garbage twice the size of Texas inside the Pacific Ocean: the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California is the largest oceanic garbage site in the entire world. It’s here that the number of floating plastic pieces in the water outnumbers total marine life six to one in the immediate vicinity.
one million sea birds each year. Ocean pollutions kills more than
recent survey found ocean pollution is more common in deep waters (more than 2,000 feet deep), with the most common offenders being plastic bags, metal cans, fishing equipment, glass bottles, shoes, and tires. A
15 to 51 trillion particles of floating micro plastic are in our oceans, weighing between 205-520 million pounds. This includes plastic microbeads (used as exfoliates in some personal care products) and synthetic fibers, both of which are too small to be filtered out by many waste water treatment plants. Research estimates anywhere from
4 billion pounds of trash per year enters the ocean. Approximately
45,000 pieces of plastic floating in it. Approximately every square mile of ocean has more than
dead zones in the oceans that have been created by pollution making life in those zones impossible for marine or plant life. There are