Ocean Pollution

How does pollution affect the ocean, and how can we stop it?

             Over 100 million marine mammals die from plastic each year! Thousands of tons of waste are dumped in the ocean each year. Marine life is dying because of ocean pollution. Whose fault is it? OURS! We need to stop polluting the oceans! In my opinion, people are polluting the ocean with littering, oil spills, and chemicals.

 

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Since littering is a big part of the ocean pollution, we need to find a way to fix it. If everyone would stop polluting the ocean, then the ocean would be cleaner. For example, if the fish eat too much plastic, and all of them have plastic in them, we will have no fish. Even though plastic is inexpensive and used in our everyday life, it also kills marine life. Fish is a good source of protein for mammals. Items that are littered include plastic straws, forks, cups, spoons, plates, styrofoam, etc. Sand toys will be buried at the beach, and when they resurface they will be taken out to sea. People bring a lot of plastic things to the beach such as, sunglasses, sunscreen bottles, chip bags, bags, and soda. When I went on a beach cleanup in Newport Harbor in the fall, I found 60 cigarette butts. Sea turtles think plastic bags are jellyfish, which is not good. They will eat them, and they may die. There is one place in the Pacific Ocean that most everyone knows about. The Great Pacific garbage patch. It is halfway between Hawaii and California. Sadly, it has a bunch of plastic floating in it. It’s not just big plastic bags and bottles. The patch has microplastics, too. One guy said, “It feels like swimming in juice.”  Eventually, if we don’t do anything, at every beach will feel like we’re swimming in juice. Do you know what’s really sad? When seagulls eat plastic they feel full. Therefore they will not eat, and starve to death. This will affect the food chain, which will affect us. Polystyrene has been found in fish. Polystyrene is the white box that you find your food in. According to Los Angeles Times, San Diego may ban polystyrene! Other cities have already banned it, and Los Angeles is thinking about doing it, too.

                 

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Dead Whale Full of Plastic **Picture Belongs to Pinterest**

        Oil Spills are also dangerous for the ocean. We need oil for electricity and gasoline but if it leaks in the ocean, it’s not good. It gets on the feathers of seabird, which  will make them cold, and they will get hypothermia. This is same with sea otters. Since they have no blubber, they have a thick coat. If they get oil on it, they will also get hypothermia. Also, oil on sea otters is bad because it irritates their skin. The biggest oil spill happened in the Gulf of Mexico. On April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon, a ship, was holding oil. It spilled more than 200 million gallons into the ocean! Oil spills are usually no one’s fault, but if we use less oil, there will be less oil spills. When the oil spills, it floats. This is since oil is less dense than water. This means birds cannot float and may drown. It will spread out being pushed by water and wind. Another way to help with oil spills is put less oil in a ship but have more ships. “According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 1.3 million gallons (4.9 million liters) of petroleum are spilled into U.S. waters from vessels and pipelines in a typical year,” according to Live Science.

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Small Oil Spill **Picture Belongs to Times Now**

              When chemicals leak into the ocean, it kills marine life. Pesticides are a major chemical that leaks into the ocean. Pesticides will run down from hills when it rains and get into the ocean. This is not good because it can give animals diseases. Some people don’t like to eat plants that are grown with pesticides. It is dangerous in the ocean, and can kill animals. Since there are usually cliffs by bodies of water, chemicals wash down the side of the cliff when it rains.  Another chemical is dispersants. There is no point in them. Dispersants are supposed to clean oil spills, but just sinks the oil to the bottom of the ocean. The oil is still there. Although it makes the ocean look better at the surface, it keeps the oil in the ocean and adds more chemicals.

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Look how gross that is leaking into the water! **Picture Belongs to National Geographic Society**

             As you can see, ocean pollution is deadly to man, plants, and animals. We need to stop polluting the ocean with littering, oil spills, and chemicals. There are many ways we can help. Participate in a local beach cleanup, even a river or creek cleanup. We can also just pick up trash off the ground if we see it. Use less oil, and don’t use pesticides.

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Leukemia Cup Regatta in Newport Harbor

This past weekend, I went to Newport Harbor to compete in a regatta!

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Sailing out of the dock.

We drove to the yacht club that was hosting the Leukemia Cup. I rigged my Tera and went to the skipper’s meeting. A survivor of leukemia told us her story. It was very sad. 😦 We finally got to launch.

 

There were six races. The first two races I did kind of bad, but I pushed myself and in the 3rd one I got 4th. After a couple more races, we went in. I de-rigged my boat with the help of my trusty sister, Sarah. My final result was 6th place! After the regatta, I jumped in the car and headed home.

Carnival Cruise to Mexico: Part 5

Our 2 last days at sea were super fun! Sadly, by the end of the week, our cruise came to an end.

Day 6:

We started off the day by eating breakfast. We ate at the Sea Day Brunch. We usually ate at the buffet, but since it was the last day of it being open, we ate there. My appetizer was a bagel. My main course/entree was CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE! It was veeeery yummy. After that, we went to the library and played games.  Next, we went to the ship Q&A. My Mom asked our cruise director, Alex, if he could take us up to the Bridge. He made a call, and the captain said yes. We got to go through all of the crew only areas, and finally made it to the Bridge. It was really big and spacious, and there were so many computers. The steering wheel itself was puny! It was smaller than a car steering wheel.

 

After that, we rode the water slide and did other activities. It was finally time for another formal night in the dining room. I got 2 desserts, baked Alaska and sherbert. We also watched a lip sync battle. Then, we went to bed.

 

Day 7:

Day 7 was the day our ship docked! We ate a yummy, last breakfast on the ship and waited to get off the boat. Our Dad picked us up, and we drove back home.

And that, my friends, is the close of our cruise.

The End

More Cruise Post From CommuniKate:

Carnival Cruise to Mexico: Part 4

Carnival Cruise to Mexico: Part 3

Carnival Cruise to Mexico: Part 2

Carnival Cruise to Mexico: Part 1