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I’ve got a passion that I don’t really talk about here.  But it involves a lot of equipment and neoprene. 

When we go underwater we often encounter beauty and wonder. There’s excitement and unique experiences and plastic.

It’s very frustrating. 

Underwater creatures are often welcoming and trusting. They know they have the edge in speed and agility but we bring them nothing but junk. 

Fish don’t have problems with hoarding or storage. They don’t need to declutter of minimise or strip their wardrobes. But their underwater world absorbs our secrets and filthy habits. On our final dive Of the week we found a motorcycle battery on the sea bed. 

Sometimes the stuff underwater is interesting from an archeological point of view but in real terms it’s junk, our junk, in their territory. 

At the local aquarium they had a poster. 

Just try to imagine how many creatures in the ocean have died from an overdose of plastic.

Dr Sylvia Earle

The message was simple.

Yet we are addicted to plastic and the aquarium shop was full of plastic toys. The message has become distorted. 

On one dive in a harbour where a war time shipwreck lies there’s a big patch of bottles. Plastic bottles. Lying motionless on the sea bed. They’re accompanied by a few buckets that have been list overboard, some odd bits of nylon rope and the ubiquitous plastic bag. Just lying there; out of site out of mind. Hidden by the sea. The fancy yachts floating above all shiney and well scrubbed, oblivious to their dirty habits. 

I found this spoon in the midst of the mess. A perfectly good spoon. 

I wish we could avoid this disaster and change our plastic ways. 

I’ve certainly tried to stop buying a plastic option as much as possible. 


10 comments on “Rubbish!

  1. Andy omni runner
    March 1, 2015

    Do you ever recover any of this junk?
    I see trash on the sides of the road when I’m out running, but we never stop to pick it up. We’d never do any running.
    I am thinking about asking my running to volunteer and do a road side clean up this summer. We’ll probably need a permit or something.
    We run down some roads quite often, so it would be nice if we did our part and did some cleaning.
    During a race runners often drop water bottles, gel packets and the town off tops of gel packets. Not exactly green.
    I wonder if you could get a bunch of divers or a dive club to do a clean up project? Maybe the local news paper could take some photos of the garbage you pull out of the harbor.
    Cheers – Andy

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    • lizard100
      March 1, 2015

      We have done clean up projects here at home. We recovered the motorbike battery we found in Malta too. If we see something we can pick up we do. It’s important to watch out with lines and fishing nets as they become hazardous when you’re underwater.


  2. jpeggytaylor
    March 1, 2015

    Plastic really is poisoning our oceans and waterways. Plastic is such a versatile material – I just wish humans had used it much more responsibly.

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  3. Fran
    March 2, 2015

    When you live on the water you become very much aware of what you are putting in to it. I now use very natural (no chemicals) cleaning products, toiletries etc. We see all the rubbish that gathers around our boat as the tide comes in/goes out. We also see all the wild life and fish that rely on the water for food. It certainly is a wake up call xxx

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    • lizard100
      March 2, 2015

      Oooh I’m very envious of living on a boat. Sounds great but you are on the front line of exposure.


  4. Stephen
    March 4, 2015

    I used to be a diving instructor for BSAC I have dived all over the world , but my fav place is the west coast of scotland 🙂

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    • lizard100
      March 5, 2015

      We have had some great dives in Scotland too. Skye was really clear and beautiful. We are both Bsac divers too.


      • Stephen
        March 6, 2015

        Ive dived around most of the western isles and the west of Scotland and infact that how I came to live in Scotland for 11 years 🙂 I dont do much diving now apart from holidays I lost most of my kit in the 2004 Tsunami and as it was a natural disaster the insurance didnt pay out … plus id done 1000’s of dives so was looking for a new hobby anyway 🙂

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      • lizard100
        March 6, 2015

        Wow. That’s a story and a half!

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