SAUSALITO, Calif.--The vision of the Marine Mammal Center here is to expand public knowledge of marine mammals, their health, and that of their ocean environment.
With the hope of inspiring global conservation, the center this summer is hosting a marine garbage exhibit by artist Angela Haseltine Pozz
. Pozz's art turns the ugly reality of humans' discarded, ocean-borne waste into sculptures.
"Henry the Fish" is a sculpture made of ocean debris, plastics, aluminum cans, dish soap bottles, and old toys floating in the ocean.
Plastic degrading in the ocean poses a threat to marine life. Not only can animals get sick or injured from eating plastic items, but plastic also attracts dangerous chemicals. As these chemical-laden plastics are ingested by fish, which are then eaten by bigger fish, the contaminants slowly make their way up the food chain, in turn endangering turtles, seals, sharks, and humans.
The Washed Ashore exhibit continues at the Marine Mammal Center
through October 15.