Ocean Pollution Pictures

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Ocean Pollution, Ocean Garbage, and Marine Debris Photos

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Marine pollution can start as far away as middle-America. Any toxic materials that are put into rivers and bodies of water can flow eventually to the oceans. Run-off from drains and areas adjacent to the ocean is also a severe problem, bringing all kinds of materials into the sea.

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. 

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.

Pollution can be reduced a number of ways. Many communities have beach-clean-up days. Recycling reduces the amount of trash that is available to go into the ocean.  Care should be taken to make sure that oil from cars, suds from washing, and other pollutants do not go down your storm drain. Any landscaping should be protected until it is stable so that silt does not get washed into rivers and streams. Party balloons should be popped and never released into the air. Always pick up your trash when you leave the beach.

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picture of Hawaiian spinner doplphin playing with plastic bag picture of green sea turtle caught in drift net picture of fish sheltering under plastic gasoline tank picture of whitetip reef shark killed in ghost fishing net

Picture of Hawaiian spinner dolphin, Stenella longirostris, playing with plastic grocery bag, Kona, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, entangled in ghost fishing net, Cayman Islands, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean

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Stock photo of freckled driftfish, Psenes cyanophrys, sheltering under abandoned plastic gasoline tank in open ocean, off Kona coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a whitetip reef shark, Triaenodon obesus, killed in ghost fishing net, Thailand, Pacific Ocean

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picture of humpback whale picture of fairy penguin cleaned after oiling picture of polar bear foraging the Churchill dump picture of a manta ray tangled in fishing line

Picture of humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, tangled in fishing net, Newfoundland, Canada, North Atlantic

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Image of little blue penguin or fairy penguin, Eudyptula minor, cleaned after being oiled, North Island, New Zealand, Pacific Ocean

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

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Photo of a manta ray, Manta birostris, tangled in fishing line, Monad Shoal, Philippines

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picture of ocean garbage at South Point Hawaii picture of California sea lions in gill net pictures of yellow gobies in discarded can picture of killer whales in front of oil refinery

Picture of garbage and marine debris at South Point, Hawaii. Marine debris from around the world washed up on these beaches at South Point due to strong wind and current, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of California sea lions in gill net, Zalophus californianus, Los Coronados Islands, Baja California, Mexico, Pacific

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Stock photo of yellow gobies, Lubricogobius exiguus, living in discarded can, Osezaki, Izu Peninsula, Suruga Bay, Japan, Pacific

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Photo of orcas or killer whales, Orcinus orca, in front of oil refinery, Whangarei, New Zealand, South Pacific

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picture of garbage bag floating in ocean  Hawaii picture of Morning Glory Pool in Yellowstone picture of olive ridley sea turtle caught in rice bag picture of party baloons floating on ocean

Picture of garbage bag found floating in the open ocean. Shoreline fishermen use garbage bags to haul their lines to deep water off of South Point. The strong winds push the bag with the fishing lines attached out far and they are able to catch open water fish. This bag broke loose and was drifting free, a hazard to marine life, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific

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Image of Morning Glory Pool which has long been considered a must-see site in Yellowstone. Over the years visitors threw coins, bottles and trash in the pool, reducing its flow and causing the red and orange bacteria to creep in from its edge, replacing the blue bacteria that thrive in the hotter water at the center of the pool. Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Wyoming

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Stock photo of juvenile olive ridley sea turtle, Lepidochelys olivacea, tangled in nylon rice bag. One flipper has been amputated by the bag.

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Photo of party balloons floating in the ocean miles from shore. These may be eaten by sea turtles and other marine animals which can choke or starve due to impacted digestive tracts. Azores Islands, Portugal, North Atlantic Ocean

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pictire of Dalls porpoise in driftnet picture of a dead kelp bass in gill net picture of oil rig in Channel Islands National Park picture of olive ridley sea turtle in fishing net

Picture of Dall's porpoise, Phocoenoides dalli, in driftnet, Bering Sea, North Pacific Ocean

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Image of a kelp bass, Paralabrax clathratus, killed by an inshore gill net, Mexico, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of oil rig, Channel Island National Park, California, Pacific

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

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