A fish found in Canada shockingly has a plastic sports drink ring growing around it.
A man fishing in a Canadian river found the fish growing around a plastic sports drink ring and took a picture, then urged people to stop littering.
On Sunday, Adam Turnbull found the fish in the Saskatchewan River in Alberta, Canada.
“Pick up your garbage,” wrote Turnbull, a Sarnia, Ontario, native in his Facebook post that has now been shared almost 11,000 times.
Turnbull cut the wrapper off the fish and set it free after taking pictures to raise awareness of the importance of throwing garbage where it belongs – in a trash or recycling bin.
Simple actions like properly disposing waste can have a huge impact on the environment and other forms of life.
On July 29, 2013, beach goers at Tershelling, a northern island in the Netherlands, found a stranded sperm whale. There was a rescue attempt, but the whale died before it could be saved. It was a young adult whale that measured about 13.5 meters (that’s about 44 feet!).
When the whale was taken for a necropsy at the port of Harlingen, it had what appeared to be a swollen stomach. After the whale was opened up the raw truth became apparent: plastic — plastic had killed the magnificent creature.
Marine plastic waste is killing off our wildlife. However, it seems many people are unaware of the problem. According to the Sea Shepherd, “It has been estimated that over one million birds and 100,000 marine animals, including mammals and turtles, die each year from plastic debris.”
The biggest problem is plastic bags. Many marine mammals, birds, and turtles mistake plastic bags for their food because they look like fish and jellyfish. Celine Cousteau, Jacques Cousteau’s grand-daughter, has urged us to go “back to glass.”
According to recent reports, at least eight million tons of plastic enters our oceans every year. One estimate explains that by the year 2050, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish, by weight.
In fact, because there is so much plastic pollution, and because plastic is not biodegradable, the North Pacific Gyre currently contains what is known as the Great Pacific garbage patch, which is estimated to be as large as twice the size of Texas.