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5 Human Habits Harmful to Ocean Health

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4. Over-Consumption and Whale Deaths

Wait, ordering that toy from could cause whale deaths? The short answer is yes. While humans have been sailing the seas for millennia, the shipping industry has skyrocketed over the last few decades. Much of that is due to our rabid consumption habits. Raw materials are transported on container ships to manufacturing plants, and products are then loaded up on ships to be transported to the hands of consumers. The more stuff we consume, the more stuff needs to be shipped across oceans. But crossing paths with those container ships and carrier vessels are whales.

The loud sounds of ships — or acoustic smog — makes it hard for whales to communicate with one another, which means heightened stress levels and decreased opportunities for mating and feeding, among other consequences. Even worse, collision with ships is a major problem for whales, including threatened and endangered species.

Reducing our consumption of material goods can literally help threatened whale populations recover.

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4:05PM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Great post.

12:46AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

Thanks for the info to Protect Our Beautiful Oceans.

9:05AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Thank you for article.

9:04AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Thank you for article.

1:00AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012


9:05AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

'We' are so bad. Nature is how we survive. They are taking that away from us. It pains me to see this happening. To creatures that can't fight back. Very sad. Let's send this to all of our friends and post to our facebook pages so it spreads everywhere. We need to make people more aware. Especially our representatives, etc. Vote for the environment.

12:04PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

They missed dumping of raw sewage and effluent into oceans :(

1:17PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

We must now all to our part and stop our destructive behaviours - it is imperative! thank you for the reminder!

1:13PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Please! Let's all take this to heart and stop nature's abuse.

5:34AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Good thing I don't drive & no longer eat seafood. Not a single light in my room that's not LED!

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