Sea turtles eat plastic bags. Shutterstock

2. A Closer Look at How Plastic Has Affected the Marine Life 

Are you aware of the alarming facts that illustrate how plastic is killing our ocean? Fish in the North Pacific oceans alone consume 12000 to 24000 tons of plastic every year, resulting in intestinal issues, death, and transfer of harmful plastic into the food chain to bigger fishes and humans. A study found that a quarter of fish that came in the market in California contained plastic, in the form of microfibers in their guts. 

Sea turtles mistake plastic for food and consume it. It results in choking and eventual death of these species by starving. This is because plastic gets stuck in their intestines, making them think they are full of plastic. Unfortunately, 50% of the sea turtles around the world have injected plastic. 

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