We need to stop polluting our oceans of Mercury, antibiotics, oil, and climate-changing gasses that threaten marine wildlife, habitat, and human health. Crazy enough, only 8% of the approximately estimated 706 million gallons of waste oil that enters the ocean every year comes from offshore drilling and production or spills and leaks from ships or tankers. The majority comes from land drainage and waste disposal from places such as factories and industrial facilities.
- Shallow water animals that breathe air, like turtles, manatees, dugongs, and whales are often hit by boats and caught in fishing gear.
- Species such as turtles that lay their eggs on land often lose their nurseries due to coastal development.
- Shipping activity and oil and gas development cause noise that can disrupt or even damage whales’ hearing. Such disturbance can exclude whales from critical feeding and breeding grounds, and disrupt their migratory paths.
- Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation.
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