There are real plastic islands on our ocean and the patches of floating garbage may cover thousands of miles of area. This phenomenon has been spotted by many sailors. These island plastics are concentrated in areas called the doldrums. Plastic and other floating garbage that people discard to the sea or washed into it from the river may join up and form the immense island.
Some participants of transatlantic sail races reported that they saw wrappers, bottles caps, plastic bottles, plastic bags and other fragments as far as their eyes can see. Doldrums is a unique area of the sea where the current calm and the situation is windless. There are a few other areas like this around the world. It is believed that millions of tons of plastic wastes are collected in these doldrums.
We often see the middle of the ocean as a remote area, free possible pollutions. In reality, plastic accumulation on the ocean has started for many years. There have been researches in this topic, but this information is confined mostly to scientific journal. The general public rarely read this. Regardless, we could be wondering what people have done to solve this problem. But apparently, they have done nothing yet.
There are so many plastics items in vast areas, that it will take billions of dollars to clean only a portion of it. Worse, plastic don’t degrade naturally, they just breaks apart and disperse to the depth of the ocean.
Other than being unsightly, these gigantic floating garbage dumps surely have bad effects on marine life. Because some clear plastic bags can be rather transparent in sea water, marine animals, such as sea turtle could mistake them as jelly fish. Unfortunately, plastic bag is indigestible and it will be lodged permanently inside the animals’ digestive tracts. In many cases, this could prove fatal and carcasses of dead birds are found to contain bits of plastics in the intestines.
It is believed than 100,000 sea turtles and sea mammals, as well as more than one million of sea birds are killed each year after eating plastic garbage.
We still don’t know the real effect of plastics on animal population, but it can’t be good for sure. There could be plenty of damaging effects of plastics to sea life, birds and mammals. The scope of the problem could be mindboggling and bigger than we ever expect. This also explains why much of the plastic seem to disappear from our lives. Although those plastic bags no longer threaten us directly on land, the consequences can be fatal for other animals.
Again, it is an impossible task to clean up these areas. However, there are things we could do to prevent the problem from escalating further. We could use less plastic and choose only reusable canvas bags. It is also important to avoid discarding plastics in areas where they can be washed into rivers and eventually the ocean. It is better to choose paper-based packaging made from sustainable tree plantations.
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