POLLUTION AND THE OCEAN
Oil pollution is very bad for the ocean and environment. Thirty seven million gallons of oil are accidentally spilled into the ocean every year by tankers. Even more oil gets into the ocean from non-accidental sources. Sixty million gallons of oil end up in the ocean every year. That’s a lot of oil! The oil “glues” birds’ feathers together, clogs fishes gills, and blocks out sunlight (making it harder for plants underwater to go through photosynthesis). Oil pollution also slows down coral reefs growing and their reproduction. Coral reefs are also very sensitive to oil, especially crude oil. Click here for a pie graph on oil pollution. Also, click here for another chart on how many millions of gallons of oil end up in the ocean each year.