Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Nat Geo's Heartbreaking Images Reveal The Devastating Effects Of Plastic.

The level of pollution is continuing to rise, which puts our planet in danger. Plastic seems to be the worst, and in some cases, the most dangerous form of pollution. So National Geographic has launched an initiative to try to reduce the millions of tons of plastic waste that pollute the shorelines and put sea life and other creatures in serious jeopardy. But first, you should take a look at the following photos. They're so disturbing that they'll make you mindful of how you dispose all plastic-related trash. If these images don't curve humanity's habit of polluting the Earth, these creatures will definitely pay the price.

The June 2018 issue of National Geographic is titled Planet Plastic and for a good reason.

The level of plastic pollution has been increasing year after year and it's having a detrimental effect on animal life, particularly sea life as plastic items continue to wash up on the ocean shores. Some of the images you are about to see will break your heart.

The June 2018 issue of National Geographic is titled Planet Plastic and for a good reason.

This bird is just one of many victims who had an unfortunate encounter with a plastic bag.

Somehow it seems to have cut through the bag with its beak so it could continue breathing, but it clearly makes moving around pretty difficult. Worst of all? This creature could have choked. As a matter of fact, many other animals often do.

This bird is just one of many victims who had an unfortunate encounter with a plastic bag.

Plastic doesn't just affect creatures above the water, but also the creatures that live under the sea.

Take this adorable seahorse for example. Being so tiny, it relies heavily on its tail in order to make the necessary motion to move underwater. Of course, it can't do that since its tail is stuck to this discarded Q-tip.

Plastic doesn't just affect creatures above the water, but also the creatures that live under the sea.

Turtles breathe air, but their slow metabolism allows them to extract oxygen from water as well.

Of course, this adaptive skill won't help this fellow given that it's entangled in this net. It attempts to bite its way free but isn't having much luck. If it doesn't get loose, it won't be able to look for food and is also vulnerable to predators.

Turtles breathe air, but their slow metabolism allows them to extract oxygen from water as well.

This photo was taken in Okinawa, Japan, and it shows a hermit crab in serious trouble.

Since beachgoers often collect the shells that hermit crabs use to protect their abdomen, this little one decided to use a plastic bottle cap in lieu of a shell.

This photo was taken in Okinawa, Japan, and it shows a hermit crab in serious trouble.

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