Sienna the Seahorse

 

Hi I'm Sienna the West Australian Seahorse and I'm is the smallest member of the Ocean Friends. Yes, even the smallest sea creatures are effected by plastic pollution. 

I may not look like a typical fish but I am actually a fish. I have gills, a tail, fins and other features similar to a fish. I spend my life living in the shallow, muddy estuaries and waterways on the west coast of Australia. 

These areas are close to humans and with many rivers, creeks and inlets emptying into my home it's easy for plastic to end up in my backyard. I'm a very small creature and it's easy for me to get swept up in plastic packaging and it's hard for me to get out of it as I'm not the strongest swimmer. 

The biggest issue for me is that since plastic has been in the waterways for so long it has broken down into tiny pieces. Small enough to resemble our food. Eating a tiny piece is OK but if I keep eating and eating more and more little pieces I'll it will build up and make me very sick! 

I may be small but I still matter. Just like when you pick up a piece of plastic rubbish, it may be a small gesture but it still matters.