Save The Seas

Protection of wildlife is becoming a major issue with aquatic Ecosystems. There are many endangered and threatened species of animals and plants that live in the open ocean but there still remains to be no protected parts. Only 1% of the ocean is protected while 12% of land areas are protected (Protecting Oceans). Marine wildlife is more at a risk than land animals because humans do not see them as much and cannot see all of their effects on their ecosystem. It is very difficult to label one species in an environment as endangered or threatened because you must know every aspect of this specific species. If you protect a habitat over a species you protect a vast range of species and most importantly the place they live in and have been surviving in for centuries. I believe that if we start to make laws and have protection on the ocean as a habitat then the rate of endangered and threatened animals will go down. Also when a species becomes labeled as threatened or endangered there is no ‘plan’ that is required by state that must go into action. For example the Florida Panther has been endangered for many years yet there is no set ‘plan’ for how we are supposed to raise the species numbers. However, having endangered and threatened species living in these surroundings help stable these environments with protection although, it does not ultimately solve the issue for the declining species. If you go straight to the source and protect the environment they live in then you will over time protect and stabilize the species.

The oceans resources are often overlooked, the ocean has a surplus size of beauty, recreation, medicines, and food for humans. The recreation of the beaches and water are highly loved by mankind. According to a poll sponsored trippedoff.com, a vacation website, 33% of people would choose “Sand, Surf and Sun” as their ideal type of vacation. With the oceans being polluted these vacations are impossible, and will result in lots of money being lost, redistributed and spent elsewhere. An American family tradition exists of the summer vacation to the beach. If oil, plastic bottles, and dead or mutated animals, on our sands this is no longer a vacation, it becomes a wasteland. To keep this important American tradition we need to stop the pollution of our water so it may be preserved as it always has been remembered.

When humans start to alter an ecosystem then the animals in this environment must adapt as quickly. Adaptation is a natural cycle that happens to all living things in order for the species or organism to stay alive for years. However when adaptation happens to rapidly it can cause harm or death to an animal. For instance, an example with humans is if a person is used to a very hot, dry dessert like environment for a period of time then when thrown into a freezer climate rapidly the human becomes very uncomfortable and has to adjust. For humans this adjustment is easy, we can just put more clothes on or grab a blanket. For animals this is not possible and ends in discomfort and death. When we as humans add pollutants such as plastic, oil or toxic waste to an ocean environment this is very similar. The animals must adapt, but at the rate of the pollutants we have in the waters now the animals will not be able to adjust. Without this adjustment the natural food chain will become ruptured.

The pollutants of toxic waste in the oceans water is becoming overbearing to the ecosystems. If the dumping of these toxic chemicals into the ocean continues then our water will no longer become drinkable or swimmable. When pollutants go into the ocean the ocean water mixes with freshwater in estuaries, then the pollutants from the salt water are now mixed in the freshwater which can end up becoming in drinking water. No person wants dirty or hazardous drinking water. These toxins are also becoming ingested by the fish that we eat. Mahmood Shivji from the Save Our Seas Shark Center in Fort Lauderdale, has shown studies that 1 in 4 shark fins have dangerously high levels of heavy metals including mercury and arsenic posing, a grave danger to humans who consume shark meat in dishes such as shark fin soup (Save Seas).  If the dumping of these poisons doesn’t stop then other more commonly ate fish will start to see high levels of poison in their systems as well.

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