The Potential Threat to Marine Life Due To Harmful Water Toxins

1According to WWF, over 80% of marine pollution is directly attributable to land-based activities.

This includes plastic waste like polythene bags to pesticides, which are dumped in water bodies, or are a result a runoff from rivers and drains.

Marine life on the earth’s oceans has drastically escalated due to excess human activities. This can be primarily traced down to potentially harmful substances such as agricultural and industrial waste, oil, plastic and chemicals flowing into the ocean.

The life cycles of several marine species are put into jeopardy when waste is not disposed of in a proper manner.

Negligence on our part has not only led to threatening marine life, but has led to large-scale water contamination and the unavailability of clean water fit for human consumption.

Below are some health hazards that water pollution poses to marine life as well as humans.


Most debris, especially plastic debris that get washed away into the oceans, is mistaken for food by sea animals. The victims of this debris get choked, which is like slow poisoning.

Sea birds, fish, sharks, crabs, turtles, dolphins and crocodiles—anyone can fall prey to this. Currently, we recover 5% of the plastic we produce; an average American throws away 185 pounds of plastic annually, contributing to several marine life deaths.


2Oil spills directly affect the gills of fishes and other sea animals.

Moreover, the feathers of some sea birds stop functioning properly due to oil infestation, which hinders their movement and ability to feed their young ones.

Over time, it leads to behavioral changes, failure in the reproductive system or may even prove fatal.

Depletes Oxygen Content in Water

More than often, the debris that reaches the ocean takes a lot of time to decompose. More disturbing is the fact that it takes up oxygen for decomposition. Reduced levels of oxygen, makes the survival of marine animals like turtles, sharks, dolphins and the like almost impossible.

The Food Chain Is an Ongoing Cycle

The ecosystem is a network of interdependent life cycles. Higher up the food chain, the concentration of toxicity increases at every step. Industrial wasted does not dissolve, but accumulates along the food chain.

Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body? According to a study, 93% of Americans aged 6 or older test positive for a plastic chemical named BPA.

With all the potential hazards circulating around, you need to be very careful with the water you consume—whether for drinking or any other domestic purpose.

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