Ocean Conservation

The Terrifying Truth About Marine Pollution as Told Through Visuals

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Today I wanted to shift from my typical blog posts to something a bit more impactful, that I think visual learners especially, will enjoy.

I’m going to be sharing ten images that tell the terrifying truth about marine pollution and the current state of our oceans. Some of these images are my own photographs taken from beautiful coastal regions around the world, while others belong to other photographers and organizations using their own voices to raise awareness about the pollution problem threatening our oceans.

Aside from short captions for context, the words end here and I’ll let the visuals do the talking.

A photo I captured in the Maldives of dozens of plastic water bottles and other trashed items washed ashore on an otherwise beautiful beach.

An albatross who fell victim to plastic pollution. Source: Unknown

Plastic pollution in the mouth of the Los Angeles River in Long Beach, California. Source: Bill McDonald, Algaltia Foundation

A seal struggles to fight through pollution invading its habitat. Source: tedxgp2

A boat fighting through a sea of plastic in Krichim. Source: Coastal Care

Marine debris washed ashore a beach in Hawaii. Source: NOAA

A sea turtle entangled in debris on a beach in Hawaii. Source: NOAA

Surfer Dede Surinaya surfing in waters choked with trash off the coast of Java, Indonesia. Source: Noyle/A-Frame

Plastic and other trash items floating along the surface of the ocean, as seen from below. Source: Unknown

Surfer Alison Teal fighting through a mountain of trash on an island in the Maldives. Source: Alison Teal

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1 Comment

  • Reply Rosie October 20, 2017 at 6:58 am

    It’s horrifying, isn’t it? I think one of the most heartbreaking ones I’ve seen recently was of a dead bird and it was pretty much a skeleton and some feathers, and where it’s stomach was there was a small collection of plastic items, including a lighter. I can’t get it out of my head.

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