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Ocean Pollution, Ocean Garbage, and Marine Debris Photos

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Garbage has always been discarded into the ocean, but since the 1940s, plastic use has increased dramatically, resulting in a huge quantity of nearly indestructible, lightweight material floating in the oceans and eventually deposited on beaches worldwide. Marine garbage includes fishing nets, plastics, party balloons, beach toys, general household garbage. Animals eat this garbage and it strangles them or blocks their digestive system causing starvation. Entanglement can also constrict growth and circulation, causing eventual slow death, or trap marine animals within large debris, leading to drowning, starvation or attack by predators. Even if just attached, it slows the animals’ ability to move through the water, and animals starve due to their inability to catch prey.

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picture of gray reef shark  caught in ghost fishing  net

picture of carp killed by water pollution picture of large fish hook in dead loggerhead turtle picture of plastic trash bag smothering coral

Picture of juvenile gray reef shark, Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos, victim of a ghost fishing net, Burma Banks, Thailand, Andaman Sea

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Image of dead carp in Ohio. Water pollution kills many healthy fish like this species of carp

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Xray photo of a dead loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta,an endangered species, revealing a large fishing hook as the cause of death

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Photo of a plastic trash bag caught on elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata, and smothering coral, Freeport, Bahamas. Western Atlantic Ocean

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picture of harbor seal eating kelp bass from gillnet picture of olive ridely sea turtle tangked in fishing net picture of dead southern bluefin tuna caught in a pen picture of loggerhead trurtle skull a by-catch of longline fishing

Picture of harbor seal, Phoca vitulina, eating kelp bass from gillnet, Los Coronados Islands, Baja California, Mexico, Pacific Ocean

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Image of olive ridley sea turtle, Lepidochelys olivacea, tangled in fishing net, East Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a dead Southern bluefin tuna, Thunnus maccoyii, caught in a tuna pen. All southern bluefin tuna ranching occurs in a small region offshore of Port Lincoln, South Australia. This industry was initiated in 1991 and has now developed to be the largest farmed seafood sector in Australia.

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Photo of the skull of a loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta. As many as 17 of these turtles wash up dead as by-catch in the gill-net and long-line fisheries each day along the Pacific Coast beaches of Isla Magdalena. Turtle researchers from the NGO Pro Caguama study are trying to educate fisherman to the devastation this is causing in loggerhead populations in the North Pacific Ocean.

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picture of Alaskan sea otter tangled inmgill net picture of humpback whale with injured fluke from entanglement picture of sperm whale playing with plastic bag picture of polar bear foraging in garbage dump

Picture of Alaskan sea otter, Enhydra lutris kenyoni, tangled in gill net, Prince William Sound, Alaska , Pacific Ocean

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Image of humpback whale with severely injured fluke due to entanglement with heavy fishing gears or a boat strike, Megaptera novaeangliae, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean.

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Stock photo of sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus, playing with plastic bag, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean

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Photo of young male polar bear, Ursus maritimus, foraging in the dump near the town of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

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picture of garbage bag floating in ocean  Hawaii picture of a dead loggerhead turtle caught in fishing line picture of oil tanker in Los Angeles harbor picture of tractor cleaning Daytona beach

Picture of marine debris, plastics and net, Midway atoll, North West Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Ocean. A gyre, giant circular ocean surface current, brings massive amounts of garbage and ocean debris to these remote islands

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Image of a dead loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta. As many as 17 of these turtles wash up dead as by-catch in the gill-net and long-line fisheries each day along the Pacific Coast beaches of Isla Magdalena. Turtle researchers from the NGO Pro Caguama study are trying to educate fisherman to the devastation this is causing in loggerhead populations in the North Pacific Ocean.

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Stock photo oil tanker, Los Angeles harbor, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Photo of a tractor as it picks up debris and smooths out parts of Daytona Beach, Florida. Atlantic Ocean.

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Picture of a beach sign warning of sewage contaminated water picture of a Galapagos shark with marine debris around its neck picture of debris on Imperial Beach picture of oil and gas forming patterns on ocean surface

Picture of a beach sign warning of sewage contaminated water. Raw sewage and other pollution from the Tijuana River often close beaches along Imperial Beach California after winter storms.

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Image of a Galapagos shark, mano in Hawaiian, Carcharhinus galapagenesis, with marine debris around its neck, Midway Atoll, North West Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of beach debris. After winter storms, raw sewage and every possible type of floating trash from modern urban life are flushed down the Tijuana River from Mexico and ultimately end up in the ocean south of Imperial Beach San Diego California.

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Photo of oil and gas patterns on the surface of a marina at Ketchikan, Alaska.

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