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DISCARDED PLASTICS ARE CAUSING NEEDLESS DEATHS

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ANOTHER DOLPHIN DIES NEEDLESSLY

I’m writing a more sombre blog today due to the sad news of a Short Beak Common Dolphin dying in Cork due to a 6-pack plastic ring holder being wrapped around its beak. The dolphin, being rendered unable to eat, suffered a cruel, distressing and unnecessary death by any standards. The dolphin, with it’s jaws essentially stapled shut and being unable to feed would have quickly become very dehydrated, as dolphins get their fluid from ingesting fish. The result was a slow and painful death for the dolphin, all down to human laziness and inconsideration.

HOW CAN WE TRY AND PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN?

plasticringsYou’ve heard it before I’m sure, but plastics are detrimental to all wildlife, including sea creatures.

ALL six pack rings should be cut up before disposal to help prevent any wildlife getting trapped. This is something we all need to make a habit of. It takes hundreds of thousands of years for this plastic to break down, and when it floats in the seas and oceans, creatures often mistake it for food.

 

Padraig Whooley from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group in Cork told Newspapers:

The death of this dolphin was “directly to the human use of plastics” adding that had someone not been so “lazy as to discard a piece of plastic in the sea, then the dolphin could still be alive today”.

I’m going to leave you with something to mull over for a while and it’s something pretty shocking:

Every single piece of plastic ever made in the history of plastic manufacturing still exists today…

Thanks for reading.

Bye for now,

Paul

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