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Are you the ultimate diving fan?

What am I?

What do you think this is? Choose an answer below –

A mask strap stretcher

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A fin hanger for hanging up a pair of fins

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A snorkel

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Double-tube snorkels are not common. Usually a diver uses just one while swimming at the surface of the water.

What do you think it is made from? Choose an answer below –

Wood and plastic

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Plastic and metal

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Rubber and plastic

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The yellow tubes are made of plastic and the black mouthpiece is made from rubber.

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Amazing facts about…

Plastic in the Ocean

Did you know that…

Since plastic was introduced in the 1950s, 12.7 MILLION tonnes of plastic is thrown into the ocean every year.

500 BILLION plastic bags are used every year.

If you joined all the plastic bags together they would go round the world 4,200 times.

1 million seabirds die every year because of plastic bags. They get trapped in them, or try to eat them.

There are 25 TRILLION pieces of plastic rubbish in the ocean.

Some things that surprisingly contain plastics:
Clothing and trainers, chewing gum, disposable coffee cups, glitter, drink cans (they have a thin plastic film on the aluminium), stickers, tea bags and drink cartons.

Plastic can take hundreds of years to break down in the sea:
Plastic bags take 10-20 years to break down. Plastic straws take up to 200 years. Plastic bottles and utensils take up to 450 years. Plastic cups take from 450 to 1,000 years to break down; Chewing gum never breaks down.

If we do not do something about it now, in 30 years from now there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

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Funny Bones

How do oysters talk to each other?

Click to find out

They use their shell phones!

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Cool Kidz

Plastic waste is a real problem. There is now so much of it in the oceans that it is a danger to the creatures that live in the sea – and us if we eat fish. 
This video explains the problem and suggests some things we can do to help.
Let’s make our world and our oceans fun, clean, safe places to live. 

Click on the picture to see a Tiktok video of some of the great work that is being done to remove plastics from the ocean. Visit to see even more. But don’t forget it is much much better to dispose of plastics properly before they ever get into the sea.

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Books we love

This Book is Not Rubbish

By Isabel Thomas

Our planet is in peril and it needs your help!

The good news is that there are loads of easy ways that we can make a difference, from throwing a planet party and ditching plastic straws to banning glitter and stop chewing gum. Helping to save the planet is not as difficult as you think.

‘This Book is Not Rubbish’ covers plastic pollution, global warming and endangered animals. It is full of top tips for families and kids.

Discover how to stop using plastic, make less rubbish and start making everyday steps that will make a difference.

It has hundreds of photos and pictures and amazing fact panels so it is also fun to just browse through it.

It’s a great book for a long journey or a school project on the oceans.

Whatever you’re looking for about the Oceans, I bet you’ll find it in this mighty mini encyclopedia.

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