Crato was still waiting rather impatiently. It was the baby sea monster’s first solo mission and they weren’t back at Almagest’s lair yet.
It was a simple mission, he thought. The baby sea monsters would just patrol the perimeter of the lair, looking for signs of D.R.I. sabotage or infiltration. It wouldn’t be the first time he’d found Henry’s explosives rigged around the building — but he’d be damned to let humans find their way into Almagest again.
Not after what happened last time.
No, he still hadn’t forgiven himself. How could he when he continued to have flashes of Hephaestus dying in his arms? How could he when that’s what brought him to the lairs in the first place?
Crato was only working with these baby sea monsters due to that very grave mistake. Even though he sees his fatal mistake every time he looks into their large, wandering eyes, he couldn’t help but feel a twinge of pride as he had watched them stumble and swim out of the lair and into the ocean.
But where were they?
Finally, the solid, imposing door crashed open and the baby sea monsters spilled in. He was about to yell at them for their clumsiness when he realized something was wrong. The baby sea monsters continued to flail, gargling, and screeching in panic.
Crato rushed up to them and saw that inside the circle of panicking baby sea monsters was one no longer moving. It lay motionless on the floor. Lifeless. Crato felt his breathing pick up and he could feel the pounding in his chest, the ringing in his head as he snatched the baby off the floor.
Holding the baby sea monster in his arms, Crato could instantly see that something had wrapped around it, cutting off its ability to breathe. And a closer examination as he dropped the baby sea monster onto an examination table revealed that the same material was also inside the baby sea monster’s throat.
The baby sea monster was dead.
They had been looking for explosives. Bombs. Pieces of a foreign mech. But one of the most dangerous human creations had proven itself deadly once again. And now another baby sea monster had lost its life.
The devastation caused by onslaughts of human plastics and trash just never seems to end.
Marine Life is in Danger Due to Plastic
Over 8 million tons of plastic finds its way into the ocean each year.
And by finds, we mean humanity continues to dump plastic into the earth’s waters as we continue to struggle with the over-abundance of waste we produce. As landfills overflow, it seems we have turned to the oceans in an attempt to hide the overwhelming amount of plastic we toss away.
But it’s not as simple as out of sight, out of mind.
We might not see the thousands of plastic bottles. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t floating beneath the ocean’s surface, wreaking havoc on sea life, ecosystems, and the Atlantians and their fellow ocean-dwelling creatures.
More than 700 marine species are known to ingest plastic.
Eating plastic blocks an animal’s digestive system. This causes them to starve, putting them through a long, slow death. Sometimes sharper pieces of plastic will pierce the gut wall, creating infections — another agonizing death for these seabirds, sea turtles, whales, and dolphins.
As little as one piece of ingested plastic can kill an animal.
Humans Can Stop the Spread of Plastic
After studying thousands of sea animals (including sea turtles, sea lions, and whales), experts identified the four most deadly plastic items killing marine wildlife: fishing debris, plastic bags, balloons, and plastic utensils.
While the real problem is big industries mass producing these products and then not disposing of them properly, we can still do our part as individuals to save these animals by adjusting our own actions.
Here’s one suggestion: Remember to always BE CAREFUL while fishing. Fisheries lose about 6% of their nets and 29% of their lines. These items become death traps for sea animals that cross their path — most often larger animals like seals.
When you go to a grocery store, bring your own bags or ask for paper bags. Flexible plastics like paper bags most often cause gut blockage for all types of marine life. This includes whales, dolphins, and sea turtles. Who knows — maybe a TideTurn tote bag is in your future.
Humans can keep a closer eye on the products they are using, cutting back on plastic like balloons and utensils. But it’s also important to keep spreading awareness and supporting ocean conservation.
That’s why Stanion Studios is looking forward to driving and partnering with upcoming ocean conservation initiatives that involve all of us in the passionate and caring gaming community. We can’t wait to inspire more and more people to join us in defending the world’s oceans and its animals.
It’s time to make a change before even more whales, sea turtles, birds, fish, and baby sea monsters needlessly lose their lives.
Crato removed the plastic — but it was too late. The baby sea monster had suffocated. The other baby sea monsters looked on nervously as Crato loomed over the examination table, hands white-knuckle gripping the edges as he the needless death of his creation.
Henry could plant as many bombs as he wanted.
Manatsu could show up in whatever mech she could build.
Jayden could use his jetpack, Beatrice her goggles…
In the end, it was simply plastic that caused the most devastation and destruction to the Atlantian’s buildings — and their home. The mines could be disarmed. The mechs could be destroyed. But that wouldn’t stop the never-ending flow of plastics being dumped into the ocean, killing fish and rotting plants.
The Old Ones had been right.
Humans must be stopped.
Olivia “y05h1eggz” Richman //
Stanion Studios Marketing Copyeditor