Ocean Pollution Pictures

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Ocean Pollution, Ocean Garbage, and Marine Debris Photos

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Toxic pollutants in the ocean have considerable impacts on plants and animals. Heavy metal poisoning from elements such as lead and mercury, caused by industry, builds up in the tissues of top predators such as whales and sharks, causing birth defects and nervous system damage. Dioxins from pulp and paper mills, and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's) from oil pollution and burning wood and coal cause genetic problems in marine animals. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) from electrical equipment can cause birth problems in most marine organisms. Sewage can cause massive nutrient loading in the oceans, which leads to algal blooms, effectively decreasing the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water and many organisms die from lack of oxygen. Sewage also introduces parasites and bacteria, which can cause beach and shellfish harvesting closures. 

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Picture of oil pipes and drilling rig Alaska

picture of brown bear cub in garbage picture of oil on king cormorant picture of tugs moving an oil tanker Alaaska

Picture of oil pipes and drilling rig on Endicott Island, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, USA.

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Image of brown bear, Ursus arctos, or grizzly bear, Ursus arctos horribiis, spring cub, digging in garbage looking for food, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

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Stock photo of oil from pollution on king comorant, Phalacrocorax atriceps albiventer, Falklands, Atlantic

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Photo of tugs manoevering an oil tanker near Valdez in Prince William Sound, Alaska

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picture of garbage on Imperial Beach California picture of a pumping unit in Russian oil fields picture of sperm whale caught in fishing net picture of a yellow moray eel dead in fishing line

Picture of beach pollution. 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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Image of a pumping unit in the oil fields near Niznevartovsk. Khanty Mansiysk, Western Siberia, Russia.

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Stock photo of a sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus, entangled in fishing net, Mediterranean Sea, Italy

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Photo of a yellow moray eel, Gymnothorax prasinus, tangled and dead in a fishing line, found in Poor Knight Island Marine Reserve - no fishing is allowed there - , New Zealand, Pacific

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Picture of Endicott Oil Production Island Alaska picture of a sign warning of water pollution picture of marine garbage Oahu, Hawaii picture of oil drums in Canada

Picture of Endicott Oil Production Island, Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope. Alaska, USA.

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Image of a sign warning of water pollution from the outlet of a creek in Santa Barbara California.

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Stock photo of garbage, debris, discarded plastic bottles and other manmade items pollute the Nu'u Pai Ponds Wildlife Management Wetlands. Located on the windward side of Oahu, Hawaii near the Marine Corps Base Kaneohe.

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Photo of oil drums discarded by U.S. military on the Melville Peninsula, Nunavut, Canada

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picture of an oil spill in West Siberia picture of marine debris at South Point Hawaii picture of ocean sunfish tangled in net picture of a beach warning sign of sewage pollution

Picture of an oil spill from leaking pipes pollutes a lake near Niznevartovsk, Khanty Mansiysk, West Siberia, Russia

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Image of garbage and marine debris, at South Point, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of ocean sunfish, Mola mola, caught in tannara net in Mediterranean

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Photo 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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picture of garbage at Haiteces National Park picture of a volunteer collecting garbage underwater picture of leaking oil pipes in West Siberia picture of basking shark tangled in marine debris

Picture of Haitices National Park, Buffer Zone, Dominican Republic, garbage dump causing pollution

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Image of a volunteer for the annual pier cleanup collecting garbage tossed into the ocean, Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Pacific

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Stock photo of leaking oil pipes causing pollution near Niznevartovsk, Khanty Mansiysk, West Siberia, Russia

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Photo of basking shark feeding, Cetorhinus maximus, England, North Atlantic, tangled in marine debris, plastic band hooked over snout

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