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Mar 10

Infographic: How Ocean Pollution Affects Humans

The ocean is the most beautiful, abundant and diverse ecosystem on the planet, however every day it is being attacked from natural and manmade pollution.

Every year over 8 million tons of plastic is being dumped into the ocean causing untold damage to marine life, plants and habitats. Did you know that is takes roughly 400 years for plastic to degrade into smaller pieces? These smaller piece of plastics absorb other, more toxic pollutants that are either deliberately dumped into the ocean by industrial sources or flow into our oceans through surface run off. Even though the dumping sites for these plastics and harmful chemicals is hundreds of miles offshore, they still find their way back to our coastlines and beaches. If you swim in these polluted waters, this can cause some serious side effects such as vomiting, diarrhoea and even skin rashes if the water is ingested or even touched.

The infographic below, created by https://www.divein.com/ highlights what is causing this pollution and how it can affect you. The first step to making a change is by learning about the oceans and once you know how vital this system is to our survival, you will want to go out of your way to ensure that the oceans remain healthy for our generation and for the generations yet to come…

How ocean pollution affects humansHow ocean pollution affects humans – Graphic by the team at DIVE.in

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