Our oceans and the creature’s dependent on them -are in crises while environmental organisations and concerned citizens take on the mammoth task to try to clean up the tonnes of toxic plastic.
Just yesterday, conservationists estimated that waste counts are now in the trillions, resulting in over 260,00 tons of plastics waste roaming wild in our oceans. With the numerous plastics and paint polluting waters, they are also considered dangerous to every living thing in the ocean.
Here’s, however, an example of how the ocean is to be taken care of. Footage surfaced and showed how a scuba diver in Lembeh, Indonesia convinced a baby veined octopus to switch its comfort zone (a transparent plastic cup) for a seashell.
This baby octopus was a Veined Octopi and this species is born with the instinct to protect themselves and with the absence of natural materials, most of them quickly pick up plastic cups and other materials lying on the sea bed. This does not only make the octopus easy prey for the predators because of the transparency of the cup but also the predators who consume octopus ultimately end up consuming plastic too. The worse thing is that these predators are once again eaten by large predators and thus continue the plastic cycle causing much harm to the biodiversity of ocean beds.
Speaking about his experience Pall said that,
“This was our third dive that day, and we were all starting to get a little bit tired. My dive buddy sent me a hand signal indicating that he had found an octopus and asked me to come over for help.”
I am no stranger to seeing octopi making homes out of trash. They are clever animals and use their environment to their advantage, and trash is a permanent part of their environment now,” continued Sigurdsson. “However the octopus with its soft tentacles did not know that this cup offers virtually no protection, and in a competitive environment like the ocean, this cup was a guaranteed death sentence.”
Further speaking about his diving experiences, Pall also added that,
“There are good days, and bad days are depending on ocean currents. Some days, you see so much trash that it is almost impossible to film sea creatures without also including trash.”
“I try as hard as I can to make people see the ocean when it looks its best. Once I saw a family of anemonefish living next to a corroded battery. That was heartbreaking,” sighed Sigurdsson.
“Most trash (including plastic) sinks. Most people only talk about the parts that they can see. The part that floats, but that’s just scratching the surface of the problem. Plastic straws are a minuscule part of the problem”.
Here is the full video of the incident:
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