More than 8-million tons of plastic make it into the ocean every year and countless other types of trash and marine debris are beginning to clutter the ocean. It has come to the point that it is dangerous to even just swim in the ocean as a whale.
69% of whale species have been recorded ingesting marine plastic and whales becoming entangled in things like ghost nets or abandoned fishing gear is a common occurrence that can result in bodily injury and even death. In addition, there are a host of other man-made threats to whales that include things such as:
Because of threats like these, 5 of the 13 great whale species are listed as endangered and as pressures on these creatures continue to mount, it is going to be even more critical for governments, companies, and organizations to put more emphasis on whale conservation efforts. Healthy oceans need whales and Planet Earth needs healthy oceans to support life as we know it.
That is why every day at 4Ocean, we are doing what we can #4Whales to clean the ocean and coastlines of this plastic and trash before it ever makes it into whales' habitat. By purchasing a 4Ocean Limited Edition Whale Bracelet, you pull one pound of trash and help to spread the campaigning, conservation, and education of whales around the world!
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Our latest shoreline cleanup at Matheson Hammock proved just how much trash can become trapped in mangroves habitats. With hundreds of participants at the cleanup, it is no wonder we collected over 5,000 pounds of trash and recyclables!