#9: Trash and/or Treasure?

Okay, it's time. It's all been beautiful fish and dolphins so far, but now I need to share the less glamorous side of what can be found on the ocean floor.

Wanna know what made me think of it?

So, I was sending the blog the other night, enjoying the warm, clear Bahamian night. When I stood up to go inside I heard a ding ... doink ... splash. My power cord fell off my lap, under the crack in the side of the boat and into the ocean. I fished it out first thing in the morning, but it made me think of all the other things that end up in the ocean and DON'T get fished out.

Then today we dove at a wreck site, the Sapona. During World War I steel was scarce, so Henry Ford experimented with making the Liberty ships out of concrete. In 1926 a hurricane grounded the ship in shallow water, 15-20 ft. It was then used as a base for rum runners, and later for target practice for WWII planes. The Lost Avenger fleet went missing after using it for target practice and became one of the first stories of planes going missing in the Bermuda Triangle.

When you swim around it there's this constant distinct crackling noise. Schools of fish take cover under its massive propeller. Thousands of invertebrates stick and grow on its frame. People, just like us, come to dive and explore the wreckage. So what is it? History? An artificial habitat? Pollution?

I didn't keep a count, but so far we've seen about a dozen bottles and cans, a propane tank, a knife, and three garden statues of a goat, pig and sheep Not too bad I suppose, but what would the coastline of a much more highly populated area look like?

I have not seen any plastic trash, presumably because currents seem to push plastics out to the Giant Pacific Garbage Patch. It's no joke, look it up.

I don't think this blog is the place to lay out my plan of action to solve the world's problems, but I hope it makes us think about our impact, and how we might be able to reduce it, one action at a time.


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