Remember a time when exotic locales used to have pristine oceans and breathtaking under water views? Well, that time and those locales are getting to be harder and harder to find.
IFL Science reports that on March 3 a diver swimming off the coast of Manta Point, Nusa Penida in Bali, Indonesia took video of the aquatic environs infested with plastic trash.
Rich Horner, the diver, is quoted as saying:
“The ocean currents brought us in a lovely gift of a slick of jellyfish, plankton, leaves, branches, fronds, sticks, etc…. Oh, and some plastic,” he wrote in the description for the video on YouTube and Facebook.
— Enviro. Media Assoc. (@green4EMA) March 6, 2018
“Some plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic cups, plastic sheets, plastic buckets, plastic sachets, plastic straws, plastic baskets, plastic bags, more plastic bags, plastic, plastic, so much plastic!”
It is believed that the trash was gathered up and transported to the site by the Indonesian Throughflow (ITF) current, but for years now Indonesia has had a sloppy attitude in handling the mountains of trash left by its 261 million inhabitants and the millions more of tourists who come every year.
Four years ago, images were taken of a surfer riding the barrel of a trash-filled wave.
And just four months ago another diver took pictures of human debris floating in Indonesian waters.
“It’s thought that this particularly large clump of plastic,” writes IFL Science, “was due to the ITF, which flows between Bali and Lombok. Plastic can be washed into the water through storm drains or during big rain showers.”
Some ecologists claim that by 2050 the amount of plastic rubbish in the ocean will outweigh fish.
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