How Ocean Pollution Affects Humans

Ocean Pollution

Whilst it is common knowledge that plastic is entering our oceans at an alarming rate, it is hard to believe that our oceans are being used as dumping grounds for harmful, toxic chemicals that are not only affecting marine life but also humans.

These toxic chemicals are either being deliberately dumped into the ocean by industrial sources or pouring into the oceans through surface run-off. These toxic chemicals are reeking havoc on marine ecosystems and affecting life on land.

Plastics which are found almost everywhere in the ocean, have the ability to absorb these toxic chemicals and can transport them from the mass waste areas located hundreds of miles offshore, to our beaches and coastlines. Sea birds, mammals and marine life, can all mistake these plastics for food, proving devastating consequences for their species. If we swim in these polluted waters, come into contact with these plastics or even ingest toxic microscopic plastics, these can cause some serious and potentially dangerous side effects, which include, skin rashes, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

If you would like to learn more about ocean pollution and its devastating affects on marine life and man, then take a look at the infographic below, created by the team at https://www.divein.com

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