Blue Planet: Harmful effects of plastic in our ocean
The latest episode of the Blue Planet has brought to our attention the damaging effect of plastic in the ocean.
After the airing on Sunday 19th November 2017, viewers have ‘vowed to ditch plastic bags and disposable straws’  after seeing many sea creatures suffering the results of plastic in the ocean.
The episode showed a pilot whale carrying her dead newborn baby for days after it was possibly poisoned by pollution in the oceans. The whale was unwilling to let go of its baby as David Attenborough informed viewers ‘it was possible the calf was poisoned by its mothers own contaminated milk’ from digesting plastic.
David Attenborough continued reporting on the harmful effects of plastic and industrial pollution in the ocean, stating that marine life will be poisoned for many centuries to come.
According to the BBC, the Blue Planet crew would try to stop and pick any plastic up from the oceans, including fishing line, sweet wrappers and plastic bottles .
In Sunday’s episode, a hawksbill turtle was featured caught up in a plastic sack, where a member of the crew released the turtle, leaving it unharmed. However, this isn’t always the case. When filming the series, the Blue Planet team came across dead creatures including birds which had their legs entangled in plastic bags and a creature which had died from a plastic toothpick piercing its stomach.
Showing the heartbreaking scenes has encouraged viewers to stop using single-use plastic and to recycle efficiently.