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Shocking photo shows sea of plastic and styrofoam
    2017-November-7  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A photographer has captured the damage being done to the planet’s oceans with a shocking “sea of plastic and styrofoam” image taken near a tranquil Caribbean island.

Caroline Power, the photographer, said witnessing the plastic blanket of forks, bottles and rubbish between the islands Roatan and Cayos Cochinos, off the coast of Honduras, was “devastating.”

The worst of the rubbish her dive team found was about 15 miles (24km) off the coast of Roatan heading towards the Cayos Cochinos Marine Reserve.

“We were on a dive trip to a set of islands that don’t quite break the ocean surface. They are one of the most pristine dive sites in this part of the Caribbean,” Power recalled.

“The photo of the diver in the water was actually over one of these seamounts. To see an area that is supposed to be pristine covered in garbage and trash was disheartening.”

She said they passed through floating garbage for “nearly five miles,” adding, “Everywhere we looked, plastic bags of all shapes and sizes: chip bags, ziplocks, grocery, trash, snack bags and other packaging. Some were whole and the rest were just pieces. Sadly, many turtles, fish, whales and seabirds will mistake those bits of plastic for food.

“We then reached an area about two miles wide that had multiple trash lines that stretched from horizon to horizon. There was also a seemingly infinite number of plastic forks, spoons, drink bottles and plates. There were broken soccer balls, toothbrushes, a TV, and so many shoes and flip flops.”

Blue Planet Society, an organization campaigning to end overfishing and the overexploitation of the world’s ocean, believes the rubbish originated from the Motagua River in Guatemala, washed into the sea during heavy rains.

Power adds, “There is a lack of infrastructure and education, so many people either burn trash or throw it into rivers.

“Once the trash is in the ocean, it is incredibly difficult and costly to remove. The key is to stop the trash before it enters the ocean.”Words to Learn

相关词汇

【泡沫塑料】pàomò sùliào

styrofoam a light, expanded polystyrene plastic

【纯净的】chúnjìng de

pristine not spoiled, corrupted, or polluted

加勒比海塑料垃圾令人震惊

一名摄影师在宁静的加勒比海岛附近拍下了“被塑料和泡沫聚苯乙烯覆盖的海洋”照片,这一令人震惊的照片揭露了地球上的海洋所遭受的破坏。

摄影师卡洛琳•鲍尔表示,目睹成片的叉子、瓶罐等塑料垃圾漂浮在洪都拉斯海岸附近的罗阿坦岛和科奇诺斯群岛之

间,让人“崩溃”。潜水队发现的垃圾最多的地方在科奇诺斯群岛海洋保护区方向,距离罗阿坦岛海滩15英里(24公里)处。

鲍尔回忆说:“当时我们正要到海底相连的几个岛屿去潜水。那块区域是加勒比海这一带最原生态的潜水区。”

“潜水员在水下的这张照片实际上是在其中一座海底山上拍的。看到原本应该十分纯洁的海水表面铺满了垃圾,真让人沮丧。”

她说,他们的船大概开了五英里才过了这片漂浮的垃圾,还补充说:“目及之处全都是各种形状和大小的塑料袋:薯片包装袋、自封袋、食品袋、垃圾袋、零食袋,还有其他各种包装袋。有些塑料袋是完整的,其余的只是碎片。可悲的是,很多海龟、鱼、鲸和海鸟会把这些塑料碎片误当做食物。”

“后来我们到了一个地方,大概有两英里宽,那里一排排的垃圾一望无际。还有看上去无穷无尽的塑料叉子、勺子、饮料瓶和盘子。破足球、牙刷、一个电视

机,还有许许多多的鞋子和拖鞋。”

致力于终结海洋过度捕捞和过度开发的组织蓝色星球协会认为,这些垃圾来自危地马拉的莫塔瓜河,是雨季被暴雨冲进海洋的。

鲍尔说:“这一地区缺乏基础设施建设和教育,很多人都是把垃圾烧掉或者扔进河里。”

“一旦垃圾到了海洋中,要移除它们就变得很困难也很昂贵。解决问题的关键是阻止垃圾进入海洋。”

(Chinadaily.com.cn)

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