7 startling facts about the crisis facing our oceans

Updated 0414 GMT (1214 HKT) June 8, 2019

(CNN)Dead sea birds and whales wash ashore with plastic in their bellies. Discarded fishing gear, plastic bags and other items accumulate in large patches throughout the ocean. Not to mention the microplastic polluting the marine environment that we can't see.

The amount of plastic that's been dumped into the ocean has been increasing, and the problem will probably only get worse.
Here are some troubling facts about the pollution crisis plaguing our oceans.
Plastic waste floats in the waters near Cartagena, Chile.