5 Elements of the Pacific Garbage Patch

Ever question yourself where your trash goes? No? Dumpsite? That’s where you’re wrong. Humans consume so much that dumpsites are over filled already. So where does our trash go? That’s right, it goes to our oceans. Nope, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch exists. Not a myth but definitely a fact and here are the ingredients to this catastrophe:


1. Cigarettes

It’s proven that cigarette butts are the most evident that can be seen floating on the ocean’s surface. Nicotine’s gone and it’s harmless? Wrong. Chemicals used in for the cigarettes are toxic and nicotine linger still. Once sea creatures consume the remnants, it could affect their digestion and things go downhill from there.

5 Elements of the Pacific Garbage Patch


2. Plastics

Be it a bag or a bottle, 90% of our plastic wastes are not even recycled, and where does it go? The ocean. No surprise there. It takes 450 to 1,000 years before plastic decomposes. Can you imagine all the plastic decorating the ocean’s surface that long? Tagging along with plastic bags and bottles would be bottle caps. Caps are small but it could probably eliminate the entire marine fauna. They could choke from it and even if they swallow it, it degrades very slowly and could give them indigestion.

5 Elements of the Pacific Garbage Patch


3. Straws and Stirrers

As we sip our juices, our sodas or whatever drink it is, we are also sucking the life of our sea creatures. Earlier this year there’s a video of a sea turtle that went viral in social media with a straw on its nostrils and what’s really painful here is its nostrils is bleeding and you’ll really see the pain the sea turtle is experiencing

5 Elements of the Pacific Garbage Patch


4. Glass beverage bottles

Glass bottles are one of the most considered what they like to call “marine debris” and should not be taken lightly. Beach parties could be a blast and part of every teen cult but not for the animals. Especially not when people get so drunk, and they think smash the bottle is fun. Come morning, the tide rises and all the broken glass gets washed away by the waves, pulling them into the ocean and then scratching or stabbing the poor creatures below.

5 Elements of the Pacific Garbage Patch


5. Beverage Cans

The ocean continues to be polluted with so many waste and we are all aware of it, but we are not aware of its effects. Cans contain toxic chemicals that can really destroy our marine ecosystem. It takes the aluminum cans 200 years to decompose. If we continue to throw cans just for the fun of it, you might as well throw your dreams of seeing the ultimate view.

5 Elements of the Pacific Garbage Patch

Next time you think of where your trash goes, better to start with yourself by throwing it in the proper disposal and make the Great Pacific Garbage Patch a myth.


 

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5 Must Dive Underwater Museums

History makes the underwater more interesting to dive. Let the ocean be your time machine and bring you back in time as you check out these shipwrecks from different parts of the globe!


1. Wilhelm Gustloff Ship

This ship sank during the World War II, January 10, 1945. It is remembered as one of the worst disasters that happened on sea. This ship can be found at the deep sea of Baltic Ocean. This disaster took so many lives with 9,400 people missing and 4,386 found dead.

5 Must Dive Underwater Museums


2. King Cruiser

This ship wreck can be found between Phuket and Koh Phi-Phi. It sank on the 4th of May year 1997. King Cruiser ship sank for about two and half hours because of a large hole caused by hitting the Anemone reef. Good thing, no one was harmed.

5 Must Dive Underwater Museums


3. British Liner Titanic

Who doesn’t know Titanic? Just before midnight of 14th of April 1912, it hit an iceberg—opening it up like a can of sardine and sending it down the ocean in just few hours. This ship can be found on the Atlantic ocean where the film Titanic was taken.

5 Must Dive Underwater Museums


4. Dona Marilyn Wreck

Dona Marilyn Wreck used to be a ferry traveling from Cebu to Manila. It sank because of a chaotic typhoon that struck down the ship downward the sea of Malapascua, Philippines over 20 years ago. The ship was now covered by long lost fishing nets that made the vibe a little bit spooky.

5 Must Dive Underwater Museums


5. War Birds

War Birds are planes that has now become artificial born reefs. The planes we’re donated by the Thai defense department. These planes can be found at the dive site of West bang tao Phuket, Thailand.

5 Must Dive Underwater Museums


 

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3 Factors Killing Our Coral Reef Ecosystems

Coral reefs are considered as the sea’s rainforests. These rainforests serve as habitats and nesting grounds for many marine critters. Like a person who who needs shelter for protection and comfort, most fish also need the coral reefs to protect them from predators. Coral reefs are also one of the most ecstatic natural architecture underwater—but unfortunately, because of these factors, coral reefs are slowly losing their lush.


1. Warming Waters

Warming waters is an uncontrollable effect of climate change. When the climate gets warm, the ocean gets too. Based on studies, abnormally warm water temperature may cause diseases for coral reefs such as white band, black band, purple blotch and white spot diseases. Help the coral reefs by not contributing to things that may worsen climate change.

3 Factors Killing Our Coral Reef Ecosystems


2. Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification is caused by the excess amount of carbon dioxide that is being released into the atmosphere. It's been said that over the past 200 years, ocean acidity increased to 25 percent. Excessive acid absorbed by the ocean can cause the corals to dissolve. Also, the more acidic the ocean, the more difficult it is for corals to grow.

3 Factors Killing Our Coral Reef Ecosystems


3. Overfishing/ Dynamite Fishing

Improper fishing is the equivalent of a terrorist attack for coral reefs and other marine species. Dynamite fishing or blast fishing is one of the major threats to the coral reef ecosystems. It is like throwing a bomb into an entire city and destroying lives that are not capable of defending themselves. Sadly, we do not have a natural recovery for blown up reefs. It will take years for the coras to recuperate. If you can, educate your community on the effects of this fishing method to spread awareness on its fatal effects.


 

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