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Flip flops in the Sea

We’ve had the good fortune of spending some time on a tiny remote island in the Indonesian archipelago.

Beautiful golden sands, clear blue glistening seas. Traditional style fishing boats bobbing gently in the surf.

The tree lined shore creates that classic island image. No sky scrapers, the holiday resorts are small profile bungalows I. Little clusters. Their pointed roofs of bamboo leaves and natural materials.

The blue sky clear, apart from a tiny wisp of cloud. Nothing but birdsong to trouble your mind.

Delicate flip-flops dotted along the shore.

Eh? Did I just say Flip-Flops?


I became a little focussed. We spotted two trees adorned with flip-flops in a sculptural way too.

The flotsam and jetsam of the beach has become useful for tracking the passage of the ocean currents. A shoe lost on one side of the world can easily reappear on the other.


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This National Geographic piece
tells the story of one beach comber who has studied the waste on beaches.

But this isn’t just a scientific tool. It’s a hazard.

It’s quite distressing to see waste like this, with it’s permanent life span, peppered over the sand waiting to get swept away.

Nearby, underwater, this waste impacts on marine life and birds.

This poignant movie made on Midway Island illustrates clearly the terrible consequences of this waste.

7 comments on “Flip flops in the Sea

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    August 15, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Lovely post thank you for sharing


  2. cheergerm
    August 15, 2014

    Flip flops or as Aussies say ‘thongs’ and in my place of birth, New Zealalnd… ‘jandals’. Either way, not great when floating in the ocean.


    • lizard100
      August 15, 2014

      Jandals. That’s a new one on me. I like it. Never liked thong because in UK English the meaning was for something very different. I wonder what the Aussie word for string underwear is? Maybe I don’t want to know.


  3. bcparkison
    August 15, 2014

    Oh I agree the waste in the world oceans is awful and now the “junk” from Japans’ earthquate is just too much. Not shure how any of us will servive it all.


  4. Pekebun
    August 15, 2014

    Indonesia!! Just curious, which island were you on? I ask because my oma was van Bangka. She was half Dutch 😀 Very nice sunset pic.


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