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Opinion Column by Frosty Wooldridge
As young scuba divers in the Gulf of Mexico back in 1963, my brother Rex and I enjoyed pristine magic under the surface of beautiful blue ocean waters. Mother Nature dazzled us with her endless display of fish, eels, whales, sharks, turtles, rays and kelp.
Fifty-five years later, human beings dazzle our scuba diving trips with trillions of pieces of plastic floating on and below the surface of all our oceans on this planet. Ten-mile-long drift nets strangle and suffocate sharks, whales, porpoises, turtles and any creature caught in their plastic grasp. Plastic bags resemble jelly fish as they float in plumes across our oceans. Ocean beaches feature washed up plastic trash sometimes knee deep and miles long on once-pristine white sands.
All that plastic kills sea birds by the millions. Avian life thinks a Bic lighter means food, or a bottle cap, or anything floating on the water. Plastic kills countless whales and porpoises. It kil
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