A British diver has captured shocking footage of himself swimming through a sea of plastic rubbish off the coast of the popular Indonesian tourist destination, Bali. This has definitely put renewed focus on the growing threat of ocean pollution once again.
Bali declared ‘garbage emergency’ amid a sea of waste just last year in December. In a report by New Straits Times, officials deployed 700 cleaners and 35 trucks to remove roughly 100 tonnes of debris each day to a nearby landfill.
“People with green uniform were collecting the garbage to move it away but the next day I saw the same situation,” said German Claus Dignas, who claimed he saw more garbage with each visit to the island.
An underwater video shot by Rich Horner this week showing a sea overflowing with plastic and other garbage at Manta Point, a well-known diving site near Bali’s main island, has already been viewed about a million times.
“The ocean currents brought us in a lovely gift of a slick of jellyfish, plankton, leaves, branches, fronds, sticks, etc … Oh, and some plastic,” the diver wrote on his video description.
“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! Surprise, surprise, there weren’t many Mantas there at the cleaning station today… They mostly decided not to bother,” he continued.
Check out the video down below:
It is learnt that Indonesia is one of the world’s worst plastic polluters, with some estimates suggesting that the 260 million-population, 3,000-mile-wide, 17,000-island archipelago is the source of around 10 per cent of the world’s plastic waste.
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