Posted: 11/12/2017 at 09:43
About time they made Sir David Attenborough a Lord. His services to export and the BBC should do it.
I know we go on about plastic rubbish in this country, and after coming back from clean Singapore, I hate the plastic bottles in hedge bottoms etc, but we are nowhere near as bad as Indonesia. Plastic is just dumped, often at sea. Other rubbish down on the sea bed, glass bottles, car tyres, car windscreens. The wind changed while we were on holiday. The rubbish blew off the sea into our little cove. It took a lad all day to clear it up. His job every morning, was to pick up the rubbish that floated in. They do that in the Maldives too, at sunrise, someone is out clearing the beach of rubbish. In the Cocos Keeling islands, so many flip flops arrive on the beaches on the Ocean currents from Indonesia that they use them as roofing shingles for bike huts etc. On Christmas Island, the Turtle nesting beach has so much plastic, that the new turtles emerge from piles of it.
On the last day of our holiday, I got to pick the dive site. We went right to the tip of Lembeh island, but the current was too strong, so we went into a sheltered cove instead. Again the currents swirl in and a raft of rubbish, probably 20m across was on the surface. Underneath, very nice coral, coming up into a sea of rubbish.