Why it matters
WHY IT MATTERS what you throw into nature.
A simple fishing line lost into the sea can be the death of a dolphin. Eirik and his team met a pod of almost 200 Bottle-nosed Dolphins along the shores of Port Elizabeth, South Africa last year. A little later they saw that one clearly was struggling to keep up with his friends. His dorsal fin was cut off, but the hook and line still attached to his back. A closer look at some of the pictures he took a few minutes earlier revealed that several of the dolphins had fishing hooks and lines attached to them. The line slowly carves itself through the dorsal fin of the dolphins. Eventually the fin will be cut completely off and it is a certain slow death for the poor dolphin. This time it was in South Africa, but it could be anywhere in the world....
It is estimated that each year about 1 million seabirds and about 100 000 marine mammals are killed due to plastic pollution in the ocean.
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Pics: Eirik Grønningsæter
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