12-7-15    VAQUITA - Possible only 50 vaquita porpoises remain in the world.  There are none in aquariums or zoos, only in the wild.  They may be already gone by the time you watch this video, but please watch.  Don't let them slide into extinction without knowing they were once here with their beautiful smiles.  

An estimated fifteen billion tons of trash is dumped into our oceans every year, including tires, cardboard, plastic cups, bottles, cans, paper and other forms of trash.  Of that, eight million tons is plastic.  It is estimated that by 2025, the amount of plastic will rise to one hundred and fifty-five million tons a year if current garbage management practices do not change.  It takes a plastic bottle 450 years to dissolve in the ocean, a tin can 200-500 years, painted wood 13 years and a bus ticket a month.  The current terrifying build-up of waste in our oceans may take up to 1,000 years to decompose

 270,000 tons of plastic are currently estimated to be floating in our oceans.  Unfortunately, many birds and other creatures believe it is food and consume it, even feeding it to their young.  Sea turtles eat floating Mylar balloons and plastic bags, believing they are jellyfish.  These animals are starving to death, even though their bellies are full.  Entire generations are being wiped out.  Currently, 700 marine species are threatened with extinction because of our trash, and the number keeps growing.  Use cloth bags.  Don’t buy Mylar balloons.  Recycle plastic, paper, glass and whatever else your recycle company takes. 

VANISHING SPECIES


This elephant was butchered for its ivory.  From 2010 to 2012, 100,000 elephants were poached for their ivory, and that number may be low.