Since we had so much downtime on this trip due to bad weather conditions, the Shark Diver Magazine divers decided to use our time wisely and do some beach cleanup. We all took out some bags and spread out across the beach to collect as much trash as we could. With two bags each, it sadly didn’t take long to fill them up.
According to The Ocean Cleanup, more than 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean every year. Needless to say, with 10+ people cleaning up one tiny beach, it still didn’t look like we made that much of a difference – every low tide reveals more trash washing up on the world’s beaches. We picked up a bunch of oil canisters, aluminum cans, fishing line, plastic bags, water bottles, etc. And this is a BEAUTIFUL Bahamian beach, too. Imagine the beaches that aren’t so pristine. Look at this picture that Oceana posted on their Instagram a few weeks ago:
Learn more about how you can protect the oceans from Oceana’s list of “10 Things You Can Do to Save the Oceans“