Lurking in the oceans are creatures far deadlier than sharks.  You encounter them every day, yet you don’t know they are silently killing you.  How will you react when you next see these killers?  Will you make a choice to step away?  Our choices today make a difference tomorrow.


As we are at the top of the food chain, we are eating these deadly species and taking in their toxins.  Here is a guide to 18 of the most deadly, and common, creatures in our ocean.

plastic-bag croppedThe Plastic Bag

Origin: Beaches, streets, boats and in the wind

Behaviour: Uses the wind to access the ocean where it mimics the jellyfish so it can be eaten by other creatures.  It then suffocates them or poisons them

Average lifespan: 10-20 years before it breaks into smaller pieces where it will last forever


bottleThe Plastic Bottle

Origin: Beaches, city streets and boats

Behaviour: Causes serious damage to marine flora and fauna

Average lifespan: 300-500 years


canThe Aluminium Can

Origin: City Streets, beaches and boats

Behaviour: Causes cuts and lesions on marine fauna and swimmers

Average lifespan: 200-500 years


bottle-capThe Bottle Cap

Origin: City Streets, Beaches and boats

Behaviour: Cause digestive problems in marine fauna

Average lifespan: 300 years


glass-bottleThe Glass Bottle

Origin: City streets, beaches and boats

Behaviour: Causes cuts and serious injury to swimmers and other marine creatures

Average lifespan: Thousands of years


cigarette-buttThe Cigarette Stub

Origin: Toilets, beaches, gullies and city streets

Behaviour: Impedes the digestion of certain animals

Average Lifespan: Cigarette 1-5 years, Filter 100 years


batteryThe Battery

Origin: City streets, gullies and boats

Behaviour: Expels toxic liquids into the water or animals to get poisoned from

Average Lifespan: Thousands of years


alfoil-lidThe Aluminium Foil Lid

Origin: Beaches and boats

Behaviour: Has an abrasive effect on creatures living on the ocean floor

Average lifespan: 10 years


cartonThe Carton

Origin: Beaches and city streets

Behaviour: Has an abrasive effect on organisms living on the sea bed.

Average Lifespan: 25-50 years


food-wrapperThe Food Wrapper

Origin: Beaches and city streets

Behaviour: Causes serious harm to marine flora and fauna

Average Lifespan: 20-30 years


plastic-bottle CroppedThe Large Plastic Bottle

Origin: Beaches, city streets and gullies

Behaviour: Can be ingested by animals causing serious poisoning.  Will eventually break into smaller pieces so it can spread its poison to smaller creatures

Average lifespan: 400-600 years


paper-bagThe Paper Bag

Origin: Streets, beaches and boats

Behaviour: Has a serious effect on the digestive system of many creatures

Average Lifespan: 4 weeks


plastic-bitsPieces of Plastic

Origin: Factories and city streets

Behaviour: Can be eaten by other animals poisoning them

Average Lifespan: Hundreds of years depending on quality


plastic-ringPlastic Rings

Origin: Streets, beaches and boats

Behaviour: entraps unsuspecting creatures causing them serious injury or death

Average Lifespan: 400 years


CondomThe Condom

Origin: Toilets and beaches

Behaviour: Get ingested by other creatures causing digestive problems.  Stops reproduction in some cases.

Average lifespan: 30 years



Origin: Boats or oil rigs

Behaviour: Like to smother creatures and environments.  It’s toxicity destroys food sources of other creatures

Average Lifespan: Depends on the quantity discharged


sanitary-pad Cropped

The Sanitary Pad

Origin: Beaches, toilets and boats

Behaviour: Impedes the proper digestion of animals that digest them

Average lifespan: 25 years


alfoilAluminium Foil

Origin: Beaches, streets and gullies

Behaviour: Can envelope certain creatures, preventing them from feeding

Average Lifespan:  years


All around the world, 8 million tonnes of waste reaches the ocean every day.  All of it created by humans.  This rubbish is thrown into our toilets, onto the streets, into the gullies, onto the sand and into the sea, turning it into a tangible destroyer of marine life.  Every time you shop, you have a choice of what to buy and what packaging it is in.  What’s your choice for tomorrows generation?

Don’t get caught by your own habits.


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