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With Every Breath You Take, Thank the Ocean…

Did you know, coral reefs generate half of Earth’s oxygen and absorb nearly one-third of the carbon dioxide generated from burning fossil fuels? How about that Ocean plants produce up to 85% of the oxygen in the air we breathe?

When was the last time you thought about breathing? We, as humans, need oxygen, a gas which makes up 21 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere. You might already know that the oxygen you breathe comes from plants because of photosynthesis, but did you know that most of the oxygen you breathe comes from photosynthetic organisms that are in the ocean?

More than half of the oxygen you breathe comes from marine photosynthesizers, like kelp, phytoplankton and seaweed. These organisms photosynthesize by releasing oxygen while using carbon dioxide, water and energy from the sun to make food for themselves.

Land plants start appearing the fossil record before the dinosaurs, 470 million years ago, but photosynthesizers have been in the ocean for a lot longer. The oldest known fossil is actually from a marine cyanobacterium, a tiny-blue green photosynthesizer that was releasing oxygen 3.5 billion years ago. Actually, we owe the ocean for all of the oxygen that comes from land plants as well, because land plants evolved from green marine algae.

Marine photosynthesizers are indispensable to our survival. So, once in a while, take a breath and thank the ocean and its photosynthesizers for the air you breathe. We’re all in this together. That’s why at Stream2Sea, we’ve taken the time to test and prove that we are safe and biodegradable for our oceans and all other bodies of water, including your own!

 

Caitlin McCall is the Marketing Director for Stream2Sea, as well as a PADI Scuba Instructor, Scientific Diver, and Science Communications Specialist. Find her on Instagram and Facebook: @SeaCaitlinMcCall & @EcoConsciousDiver. Listen to her podcast at www.eco-consciousdiver.com.