How Ocean Pollution Affects Humans

Marine life and mankind are literally drowning in an ocean of plastic.

Did you know that every year over 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean
deliberately? It is alarming how much pollution is entering our oceans. Plastic
may be the largest component of ocean pollution, however it is not the most

As well as plastic, harmful chemicals such as fertilisers, pesticides,
petrochemicals, oil and lead are entering our oceans at a worrying rate. The
majority of these toxic chemicals are finding their way into the ocean via surface
run off, which is where a large amount of water from rain and flooding, washes
over the land, taking these chemicals into our reservoirs, lakes and storm drains,
which inevitably ends up in our oceans. These chemicals can cause deadly
environments for marine life. Did you know that roughly 5000 square miles of
the Gulf of Mexico is almost completely devoid of life due to pollution? These
areas are known as ‘Dead Zones’ and there are approximately 405 of these ‘Dead
Zones’ located across the globe.

If you would like to learn more about ocean pollution and how is affects marine
life and us, then take a look at the incredible infographic, created by the team at…


About Boone

Jason Boone created Dive Documentaries to inspire viewers to care about the Florida Keys underwater world through education, exploration and storytelling. He has a BA in Television Production and an MA in Digital Journalism and Design, and a passion for short-form documentary filmmaking. His work has been featured on National Geographic, Discovery, Current TV and Yahoo!.