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Think about your typical day. How much plastic disposable plastic do you use? Maybe you grab a water bottle or juice in the morning, get a plastic to-go container for lunch, and somehow college a few straws and plastic bags along the way. Chances are you encounter disposable plastics at least a few times a day and don’t give it much thought, but maybe you should.

There are currently 270,000 tons of plastic debris floating on the surface of the world’s oceans. Sadly, when you throw away all those bits of plastic throughout the day, that’s where they end up. Not only does this mean that our oceans are riddled with garbages, but also that all the marine species who call the oceans home are endangered by our pollution. An estimated 700 marine species are in danger of extinction due to the threat plastic poses in the form of entanglement, ingestion, and general pollution.

While on a recent trip to Nusa Lembongan, off the coast of Bali, photographer Nick Pumphrey got to see some of this plastic pollution up close and personal.

Pumphrey is an ambassador for Take 3, a non-profit focused on raising awareness for oceanic pollution. When he set out for a dive in Nusa Lembongan, his initial intent was to capture images of Manta Rays.

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But as soon as Pumphrey dove underwater, it became clear that there was something a little more shocking lurking below the surface.

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After asking a local captain if this sort of pollution was normal, Pumphrey was told that the recent rains had washed the majority of the waste into the water.

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Pumphrey did manage to snap a picture of a Manta Ray, but its presence is somehow overshadowed by the garbage. Remember, just because you throw something away does NOT mean that it goes away.

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To learn more about Take 3, click here.

Let’s #CrushPlastic! Click the graphic below for more information.

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135 comments on “Photographer Captures Heartbreaking Images of a What It’s Like to Dive in an Ocean of Plastic”

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Muriel Servaege
8 Months Ago

I have never thrown pastic bags, plastic bottlles ... in the ocean. No need to say I was flabbergasted when I discovered the ocean is now hugely littered.... at the expense of the animals living there, of course.


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Ethan
8 Months Ago

I have two stainless steel water bottles and use them all the time. I have two water jugs with filters and use the tap. I never buy bottled and don\'t use straws but have paper ones just in case they are needed.

We ALL need to do our parts even if they are small compared to some. Recycle, use glass, steel etc and eat foods in season. I know, what a hardship that last one is lol!


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Kate
8 Months Ago

I know about plastic in the ocean and especially when I lived in Boston I always picked up plastic bags just in case as well as other trash but honestly I did not know there were scenes like that one. There are many conscientious people but in general we are a dangerous, self centered, and destructive species.
Can any one tell me why people type just names in their comments I am just curious.


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Muriel Servaege
8 Months Ago

Horrendous. We destroy the world we want to keep clean for animals.


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Moecat Mosvani Casban
1 Years Ago

My friend recently bought me a glass straw.. It was a little weird at first, not at all flexible, but now that I am used to it I love it and it will last until I am dead or longer and won't pollute anything! <3


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Moecat Mosvani Casban
22 May 2016

Okay.

Angela Redman
1 Years Ago

Julianna Grace Redman Emily Paige Redman Katie Elizabeth Redman


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Emily Paige Redman
22 May 2016

:'(

Nicole Roberti
1 Years Ago

Paul Roberti


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Ray Waldron
1 Years Ago

Use hemp not oil


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Deb Connor
1 Years Ago

Diane Hughes keep up the good work of encouraging everyone to reduce plastic use! Saw this and thought of you :-)


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Diane Hughes
22 May 2016

Thx Deb x

Andrew O'Sullivan
22 May 2016

Diane Hughes Please sign and share this petition! https://community.sumofus.org/petitions/ban-plastic-bags-in-ireland?source=facebook-share-button&time=1461707846

Diane Hughes
22 May 2016

Andrew O'Sullivan thx have a look at my website a company that are trying to reduce plastic , chemicals & help eco system. www.dianehughes.norwex.co.uk

Diane Hughes
22 May 2016

Also Norwex have there website about plastics in the sea Norwex movement

Mary Mada
1 Years Ago

ewwww


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Andrew O'Sullivan
22 May 2016

Please sign and share this petition! https://community.sumofus.org/petitions/ban-plastic-bags-in-ireland?source=facebook-share-button&time=1461707846

Andrew O'Sullivan
22 May 2016

Please sign and share this petition! https://community.sumofus.org/petitions/ban-plastic-bags-in-ireland?source=facebook-share-button&time=1461707846



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