Make a difference in commemoration of World Oceans Day

Hobie the seal with uShaka Sea World animal behaviourist, Ana Eyre.

World Oceans Day, commemorated on June 8 annually, is a day specially dedicated to celebrating the oceans, their amazing diversity and the critical role they play in sustaining life on land.

In keeping with the fundamentals of this day, uShaka Marine World is doing their best to educate the community on the importance of taking care of oceans.

A healthy world for humans depends on healthy oceans and this is something that both management and staff at the marine world strongly believe in.

Every piece of plastic that enters the ocean slowly breaks down into smallerpieces, and these smaller pieces can be eaten by a wide range of animals from zooplankton to fish, seabirds, turtles, mussels and marine animals.

“The good news is that since the start of 2018, I have seen an unparalleledmove towards reducing the amount of plastic that is ending up in the ocean.South Africans joined the world and started saying no to plastic straws,plastic ear-buds, polystyrene, and single use plastic shopping bags,” said Jone Porter, director of uShaka Sea World Education.

Placing plastic cold drink and water bottles with their caps on in thebin helps ensure that these bottles and their caps make their way torecycling stations.

South Africa boasts a phenomenal 65 percent recycling rate for plastic drinking bottles.

If Durbanites would like to find out more about the steps they can take to reducethe amount of plastic reaching the ocean or details on planned beach clean-ups, they can contact uShaka Sea World on 031 328-8152 or send an email [email protected]

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