PPE Under the Sea

What can happen when a face mask is thrown away improperly

Photo by Ralph Pace

October 12, 2021

PPE Under the Sea

At the height of the pandemic, people were using nearly 130 billion disposable face masks globally each month—and many of them were not disposed of properly. Oceans already take on 8 million tons of our plastic a year. Here, a California sea lion prowling the kelp forests of Monterey Bay comes face-to-face with a new form of litter.

This article appeared in the Fall quarterly edition with the headline "PPE Under the Sea."