What harm does sea pollution do to us and why should we be cautious about it?
Summer, sea, sun, swimming in calm and slightly foamy waves. It's a favorite activity for everyone, isn't it? Now stop and imagine that it can be harmful to you, precisely because two days ago you were too lazy to throw a plastic bottle in the trash and leave it with all the other junk ... In fact, this has a negative effect on our body, sea pollution can cause many types of diseases and in some cases even fatal consequences, but about it a little later...
For now, let’s concentrate on the Black Sea. It is considered to be the most polluted sea in Europe today. The rivers that flow into it discharge 6 to 50 plastic waste per hour. It is noteworthy that one of the most polluted rivers in Europe, the Danube, flows into the Black Sea.
What harm can a polluted sea do to its inhabitants?
The living organisms in the sea can be harmed by the garbage we dump in several ways:
The first and most common is that they cannot distinguish between food and plastic, so swallow them directly, therefore the waste fills the digestive system of the inhabitants and they can no longer get real food which causes death.
On the other hand, plastics can poison sea creatures or they can simply be trapped in waste.
How can marine pollution harm humans?
It is also dangerous for us to eat fish that has a plastic or any other kind of contaminant in its body. As we have already mentioned, it poisons them and after eating it, spreads through the human body.
You might be surprised that along with plastics, a large number of pharmaceutical products, especially antibiotics are found in the Black Sea. According to scientific research, bacteria living in the sea consume antibiotics and become resistant to them. Hence, when a person needs to be treated with antibiotics, the bacteria may no longer respond to it and our treatment process will be much more complicated.
Experts say that the process of improving the Black Sea has already begun. By joining forces and taking on our share of civic or social responsibility, we will certainly be able to fully rehabilitate it. Don't forget that protecting the Black Sea and our homes should be our daily and enjoyable activity.