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Two young students with the help of a biologist discover that what is rinsed down the drain, put in trash cans and sprinkled on gardens can end up in the ocean. They see that our actions can effect marine habitat, and that pollutants can become embedded in the food chains of species that live there. With the use of excellent photography the effects of plastics on Dungeness crabs, oil spills on Cassin’s auklets and the bioaccumulation of toxins in Killer Whales are examined. The video encourages us to protect our oceans through beach cleanups, reducing source waste production and by using environmentally friendly products.
This video could be used in science classes to introduce a unit on habitats, marine environments, food chains, and/or waste management. It could also be used in social studies courses to emphasize the role that humans play in both protecting and damaging our ecosystems
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