Choked, Strangled, Drowned: The Plastics Crisis Unfolding in our Oceans

In 2019, news outlets across the world reported on a beaked whale that died after ingesting more than 88 pounds of plastic.

The whale had starved, and its digestive acid, unable to break down the  compacted mass filling its stomach, had begun eating away at the animal from the inside out. But not all  incidents like this make the news. Many tragedies in the ocean go unobserved, and the ones caused by plastic are no different. The plastics crisis is deep, wide and pervasive, affecting ecosystems and animals in ways we are only beginning to understand. In this report, Oceana has compiled for the first time the available data on plastic ingestion and entanglements in marine mammals and sea turtles in U.S. waters.

This begins to paint a picture of an unfolding disaster: the flood of plastics into our oceans and the devastating impact it is having on marine life.

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