Today I got to participate in my first reef clean up, and together roughly 30 of us picked and disposed of over 60 kilos of trash from a local cove. I removed a fishing net that was spread out across the ocean floor. When I rolled it up it was about the size of a basketball. Its things like this, carelessly left in our oceans, cut loose from fishing vessels, that whales, turtles, and so many other marine creatures get caught in and die because of. Someone once told me about a dead sea turtle that washed up on one of Koh Tao's beaches. When they cut it open they found plastic twisted up in its belly. It's unreal the way some people treat this beautiful planet we are so lucky to call home. Every week I am incredibly saddened by the amount of rubbish we find, but happy that I am able to do any small part in cleaning up other ignorant peoples mess.
So I send out a simple plea to anyone who may be reading my tiny blog.....please, please, please dispose of trash in a responsible way. Our oceans are incredible, other-worldly places that can and should be enjoyed, not trashed.