Dive Against Debris

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The world we have created today as a result of our thinking thus far has problems which cannot be solved by thinking the way we thought when we created them. ~Albert Einstein~

Scientists think over six million tons of marine debris are entering our ocean every year. One can just imagine the volume of underwater trash that threatens marine life, destruction is evident and many documentaries can only reveal the devastating effects of these wastes. In my own diving trips, the disheartening sight of trashes is very common – either on the shores or floating on the waters or underwater. Definitely, the debris don’t belong to the waters – so pathetic! But we are not hopeless, the global diving community have focus on battling the ocean’s silent killer from beneath the surface.

This September – Debris Month of Action – let us join to combat the growing marine debris problem and inspire year-round action to remove, report and prevent underwater debris. Volunteer this September for this drive and be counted, join a group event or grab your dive buddy and report your data. Moreover, make this a habit, let us pledge to dive against debris all year, a lifestyle we must maintain. Together, we can stop marine debris by taking local action and supporting policy change. By submitting your underwater data on an ongoing basis, we’re one step close to prevention.

Let’s join the fight against the ocean silent killer!

Orbit and Alcoholic: Some Sad Story

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Collection of trevally, eel, grouper bones

Some of us may never know how trash can devastate the marine world and if we chose to remain indifferent and irresponsible in managing solid waste, we are all in great peril.  Despite all the advocacy efforts in the communities still many atrocities are happening causing more damage to the environment on surface or in the depths.

My recent visit to The Bone Collector Museum revealed disheartening discoveries on the fate of marine creatures – death of harmless creatures, the culprit may not even knew the consequence of his or her one big mistake which he or she might  not even remember.

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This whale has a baby inside when she died…

The skeletons of various marine life were good educational showcase for everyone, but taking a closer look of the causes of their death especially the bigger species, in my opinion was too ridiculous. One of the collection is a sperm whale skeleton, its dead body  was found in Davao Oriental waters, inside her belly  were collection of trashes – a jackstone ball, hair clip, sachet wrapper, pentel pen cap, plastic bottle cap and more – it died slowly due to debris in its digestive system.

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Remains of a Dugong found at Samal island

A Pygmy Sperm Whale which they called Orbit – happy and content with abundant food in the waters but someone somewhere threw an orbit chewing gum bottle on ground or in the ocean, which the whale mistakenly thought as food. It went into its intestines blocking it causing him to starve to death combined with dehydration. Or Alcoholic – a False Killer Whale – it was an alcohol plastic bottle that killed her.  Someone Carelessly discarded the top of an alcohol bottle, it made its way to the ocean where it was eaten with the rest of her food.  He starved to death slowly with the plastic blocking her intestines.

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Green sea turtle bones

These were just few of terrible stories that are happening in our communities, real stories that made me cringe when I heard from a witness while seeing the real trash salvaged from the dead specie.  I suspect that those species we always hear from news that came ashore or float up were sick for these same reasons.  Though I want to believe we are not hopeless yet, we just all need to be conscious of the impacts of our actions and decisions  affecting the environment. We all have the responsibility to preserve and save this planet!