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Trash Talk: Impacts

2 minutes

(Describer) Under a round logo of a wave, title: Ocean Today. In an animation, garbage flies out of a can into water. Title: Trash Talk.

(woman) How does marine debris impact the ocean, animals, and me? Would you want to swim in trash? Of course not. The animals in the ocean don't either. The difference is, they don't have a choice.

(Describer) Dianna Parker:

Marine species often get tangled in debris, from fishing nets to six-pack rings. If they get caught, they could get injured or die. Even if they don't get entangled, animals often mistake plastic debris for food and eat it. This fills their stomach with junk they can't digest. Debris can also damage important habitats, like coral reefs, by breaking or smothering them. Corals serve as the base of the marine ecosystem, and impacts here can be felt all the way to you and me. Plus, plastics have harmful chemicals in them. Fish eat plastic, we eat fish. The question is, Can those chemicals harm us? Marine debris also hurts the economy. It costs a lot to clean up, and people avoid dirty beaches. Boats can run into large pieces of debris too, or get their propellers tangled. We need the ocean and everything in it. The ocean needs us to keep it free of debris.

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How does marine debris impact the ocean? Marine species often get tangled in debris from fishing nets to six-pack rings. Often times, many animals mistake plastic debris for food and eat it. This fills their stomachs with material they are unable to digest. Debris can also damage important ocean habitats. Part of the "Trash Talk" series.

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Runtime: 2 minutes

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