This might be a cute video... But did you know that 650,000 marine mammals are killed or seriously injured from ghost gear every year.
⚠️ Swipe at your own risk ⚠️
Today is Respect for Fish day, an initiative led by @ida_international to promote harm-free interactions with fish and marine mammals. In honor of this day, we encourage you to choose seafood alternatives for dinner tonight.
Below are some sad, but important facts to remember about our oceans and marine life on a day like today.
🐟 By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
🐋 29% of all fishing lines, 9% of traps, and 6% of nets are lost around the world each year.
🦈 Since plastics never fully decompose, fishing gear remains as microparticles in the ocean indefinitely. These particles are ingested by animals and pollute habitats.
🐬 Over 40 aquatic species, including whales, dolphins, seals, porpoises, manatees, sea turtles, sea lions, sharks, rays and other marine megafauna have been injured by ghost gear.
🦭 Fish often die after being hooked and thrown back into the water. The most common causes of death are the physiological stresses caused by the struggle during capture and injuries caused by the hook or the individual.
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