WE NEED TO STOP!

More and more people are becoming more careless about the effects their actions have on the environment. Every day, marine animals are getting caught, tangled and suffocated because of the litter that we are throwing into the ocean.

According to a report, “at least eight tons of plastic leaks into the ocean” annually. They say that this is the same as the contents of one garbage truck being dumped into the ocean.

By 2050, if nothing is changed, that number is expected to increase by four times per minute and all of the plastic in the ocean is expected to weigh more than all of the fish.

While law makers and conservation companies are contracting plans to be put in place, we can do a few simple things:

  1. Don’t litter
  2. Recycle
  3. Pick up trash left in ocean and beaches even if it’s not yours
  4. Be a safe watercraft operator
  5. Watch out for fins and turtle backs on the surface of the ocean

 

It doesn’t take much for us to help a large amount of marine wildlife.

 

picture source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/plastic-trash-animals-photos_us_58ee9ec1e4b0b9e984891ddf

 

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An elephant or a seal?

Why not both!

For many Discovery Channel viewers, last night was the start of Shark Week 2017. As I was watching, a shark attacked an elephant seal, which is an animal that I’ve never heard of before.

Intrigued, I looked up additional information about them.

Welcome to my first animal spotlight: the elephant seal.

These seals can live up to nine years, with their weight reaching 4.5 tons and their height reaching up to 20 feet.

Elephant seals are nothing like actual elephants. However, they got their name because of their large trunk-like snout that resembles an elephant’s trunk.

Northern elephant seals typically habituate offshore islands where the water is warmer. Southern elephant seals are found more in the Antarctic Ocean, where the water is cooler and fish are abundant.

Elephant seals were once on the verge of extinction: People would use their blubber for lamp oil. Today, the number of elephant seals has soared, reaching over 150,000 seals.

 

Not every animal has this type of success story, but any animal can bounce back from extinction with our help.

 

picture source: https://www.britannica.com/animal/northern-elephant-seal