A octopus takes up residence in a broken bottle thrown in the sea. Some sea life, like this octopus, can adapt to marine debris in their environment. Most organisms, however, are harmed by the trash.

Photograph by Jeffrey de Guzman, My Shot
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Marine debris is litter that ends up in oceans, seas, and other large bodies of water.