17 Photos of Your Favorite Ocean Animals to Celebrate World Oceans Day
Because these sea turtles are ready for a future with healthy oceans.
Today, June 8, is World Oceans Day. This year’s theme is “Our Oceans, Our Future,” and the theme couldn’t have come at a better time.
More than two-thirds of the world is made up of oceans. Oceans are teeming with life from the tiniest bits of plankton to gliding gray dolphins who can swim between 40-80 miles in one day. But oceans may not be full of our favorite majestic sea creatures for long.
Climate change, overfishing, and plastic pollution are threatening the world’s oceans.
Fish and marine wildlife numbers have declined by 50% since the 1970s, the World Wildlife Fund reports.
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Every year, enough garbage bags full of plastic end up in the ocean so that, if spread out, they could line all of the world’s coastlines five times over.
Global warming of ocean temperatures from human-induced climate change has impacted sea level as deep as 2,300 feet where most ocean life lives according to National Geographic magazine.
But there’s still hope and time to turn things around.
“Where we protect marine areas around the world—from the tropics to temperate ecosystems—we see an increase in species diversity and productivity and stability and economic revenue from those ecosystems," Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, told National Geographic.
These ocean animals agree that it’s time to take action for the world’s oceans. Here are 17 animals who are ready for World Oceans Day.