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Marine garbage: fishing nets with dead eider duck, Westerhever, German Wadden Sea

Marine garbage: fishing nets with dead eider duck, Westerhever, German Wadden Sea

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Uploaded 18 Dec 2011 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2011
From collection: General collection
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
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 growt ...
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