Shocking composite images showing animals gorging on plastic and being strangled by nets serve as a stark warning

Shocking images of animals being strangled by discarded nets and gorging on plastic rubbish have been released as a stark warning of the damage caused by human waste.

A crab-eating a cotton bud, a baby seal choking on a fishing net and a turtle munching on a polystyrene cup all feature in the series of composite pictures created by Paulo de Oliveira.

Pic by Paulo Di Oliviera/ARDEA/Caters News

Pic by Paulo Di Oliviera/ARDEA/Caters News

Other powerful images show a whale gorging on plasticbags and a fish eating the remnants of a coffee cup while swimming through a sea of garbage.

The 64-year-old from Portugal combined several images to create each disturbing composite picture – creating the series as a stark warning of the damage being done to our oceans.

The former advertising executive turned professional diver and photographer said: “I created these composite images to illustrate the amount of plasticgarbage polluting our oceans.

Pic by Paulo Di Oliviera/ARDEA/Caters News

Pic by Paulo Di Oliviera/ARDEA/Caters News

“I wanted to make people understand the enormity of this environmental attack and how it affects the entire marine food chain.

“It is a theme that needs strong images that one often can not capture directly in nature with the necessary quality.

“Nothing that can be seen in these images is unrealistic fantasies though. All this happens every day in some parts of the oceans.

Pic by Paulo Di Oliviera/ARDEA/Caters News

Pic by Paulo Di Oliviera/ARDEA/Caters News

“In general, people respond well to images even when they know they have not been captured directly in nature.

“As I worked in advertising I see this technique as just another tool that allows me to express my creativity.

“I hope it is useful and makes people think a little about the reality of what is happening.”

Pic by Paulo Di Oliviera/ARDEA/Caters News

Pic by Paulo Di Oliviera/ARDEA/Caters News