Roberto Cigna’s illustration highlights the plastics choking our oceans, lakes and rivers. Piling up on land, plastics are unsightly and affect plants and wildlife. With oceans slowly turning into a plastic soup, the effect on ocean life is chilling.
Large pieces of plastic are choking and entangling turtles and seabirds. Smaller plastics are clogging the stomachs of creatures who mistake it for food from tiny plankton to whales.
Cigna notes that plastics are entering every level of the ocean’s food chain. They are now present in the seafood we eat.
His illustration of the skeleton of a fish inside a plastic bottle that has sunk to the bottom of the sea brings the problem into view.