Ocean Plastic By the Numbers

Learn how marine animals are impacted by ocean trash with a graphic from the Nat Geo Kids book This Book Stinks!

We throw a lot away. One study found that 8.8 million tons of plastic pollution end up in the ocean every year, and so it's not uncommon to find marine animals that are entangled in plasitc or other types of trash. Read on to find out how all this garbage affects sea turtles, sea birds, and fish, then get tips to reduce your plastic waste.

Graphic from the National Geographic book This Book Stinks!: Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish, and the Science of Trash