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Hawaiian monk seal (Neomonachus schauinslandi) playing with empty plastic bottle on a beach covered with plastic garbage. Hawaii - Composite image. Composite image

© Paulo de Oliveira / Biosphoto

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All this garbage was brought by the sea currents from afar; even from continents on the other side of the world. This seal, as many other marine animals, end up ingesting these plastic objects that cause obstructions of the digestive tract and a terrible death after prolonged suffering.


Wild animal / Mammal / Marine mammal / Pinniped / Seal / Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi)

Environment / Pollution / Water pollution

Species / Relation between species / Man-induced activity

Individual / Nobody

America / North America / United States of America / Western United States / Pacific States / Hawaii (State of) / Hawaiian Islands archipelago

Matter (substance) / Water (matter) / Water surface

World sea and ocean / Pacific Ocean / North Pacific Ocean

Atmosphere / Meteorological phenomenon / Sky / blue sky

Species / Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) / CITES Appendix 1

Image processing / Digital assembly

Area / Strand / Seaside / Water mark (fragment)

Environment / Pollution / Littoral pollution

Species / IUCN Red List of Threatened Species / Threatened endangered species / Critically Endangered (IUCN) CR

Shot / Three quarter shot

Environment / Waste management / Discharge / Wild discharge

Symbolic image

Area / Marine area / Sea / Temperate sea

Material / Object / Bottle


Shot / Overview


Matter (substance) / Synthetic matter / Plastic

Enumeration / Alone

Individual / Stage of development / Adult

Area / Strand / Sand shore / Sand beach

Area / Naturalness / Natural area

Environment / Waste management / Scrap / Underwater scrap

Environment / Hazard / Anthropogenic hazard / Great Pacific garbage patch

Latin keywords

Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Deuterostomia / Chordata / Vertebrata / Synapsida / Mammalia / Carnivora / Phocidae / Monachus

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