But First. Phytoplankton.

Phytoplankton create over half of the oxygen that is available to breathe. That’s every other breath you take.

Phytoplankton are tiny photosynthesizing organisms. They are found in large clusters in the world’s oceans and have been around since before the Dinosaurs. The human eye typically can’t see them, but in mass they sometimes appear as bright colored patches in the water, illuminating like an under-water neon sign. This is due to the chlorophyll within their tiny plant-like leaves.

Garbage that floats on the top of the ocean surface, like balloons, block the sun’s valuable rays from getting to the phytoplankton. This reduces the amount of oxygen available to humans as well as marine mammals that require oxygen for survival. Which include manatees, dolphins, walruses, seals, sea lions, whales, and many others.

Bioluminescent bloom off South England, Steve Groom Plymouth Marine Laboratory

When we think of sea life we might not think of phytoplankton, but we should. 

Join Balloon Brigade and help turn up the biolumance of the Ocean. 

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