Blue Planet II To Highlight How We Are Choking The Oceans With Plastic

From the vast expanses of the endless oceans to the microcosm of life found within a single rock pool, the latest offering from the BBC Natural History Unit hasn’t defeated. But as Blue Planet II draws to a finish, it has a somber warning to humanity: we’re smothering the seas with plastic.

The final episode of this series will tackle the nation of the seas, and what humans have done to create it. Frequently accused of skirting around the issue of how we’re ruining the environment, a complete episode is being dedicated by the makers to noise pollution, plastic, overfishing, and climate shift are creating the best hazard our oceans have seen in human history.

“may have an impact upon them and For years we thought the oceans were so vast. But today we know that was wrong,” said David Attenborough. “It is now clear our activities are having a significant effect on the world’s seas. [They] are under threat never before in human history. Lots of men and women believe a crisis stage has been reached by the oceans. ”

There is now a “jolt of plastic” floating in our oceans. BBC NHU

One especially heartbreaking story entails the wandering albatrosses filmed for its Large Blue event. Despite nesting on islands in the Antarctic Ocean, the scientists tracking the birds on South Georgia’s Bird Island have found that the girls are still being killed due to plastic. The adults hunt thousands of miles of ocean seeking fish and squid out to feed their chicks, but often choose up plastic on the surface rather.

1 researcher described finding because its stomach had been punctured by a toothpick that a chick expired. “It’s really sad because you get to know the birds and how long it takes the parents, away for 10 days at a time, to gather food to their chicks and what they bring back is plastic,” explained Dr Lucy Quinn.

Dr Lucy Quinn is dismayed by the absence of action to clean up our act.   John Dickens/BBC NHU

“And what’s unhappy is that the jolt of plastic is as these apparently pristine surroundings. ”

In fact, in every environment that the crews filmed, they found plastic, together with the group they found it, collecting it. But this wasn’t the threat experienced, as ocean temperatures are killing the noise from boats, coral reefs and quest for gas and oil drown from the calls for whales and fish, and overfishing strips the seas bare.

There is hope. The episode will show how fisheries in Norway’s management help to not just make the business but also shield the orca. Or one conservationist in Trinidad is currently securing the future of leatherback turtles around the island.

1 thing is sure. We will need to act, and we will need to act today.

According to Attenborough, our seas are beneath their greatest threat in history.   Gavin Thurston/BBC NHU

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