Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
single

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR Newsletter

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke is once quoted saying, “How inappropriate to call this planet earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.” Well, perhaps if it were called ocean, people would be a lot more concerned about what is happening to our marine environments, which are in terrible trouble.

According to NOAA, the world’s oceans hold more than 97 percent of the planet’s water and may be home to as much as 80 percent of the world’s plant and animal species. Without our oceans, life as we know it would cease to exist. These vast bodies of water help regulate weather patterns, they absorb almost one-third of the carbon dioxide we emit, provide many people with vital sources of protein, and most importantly, nearly 70 percent of the oxygen in our atmosphere is produced by marine plants. Without healthy, thriving ocean ecosystems, we would be cooked!

Unfortunately, as we continue to dump more and more plastic into the oceans, this essential ecosystem is starting to collapse. Every year, around 8.8 million tons of plastic trash end up in the oceans. The majority of this trash ends up sinking to the bottom of the oceans or getting swept up in massive gyres, so it can be easy to overlook this problem from the vantage point of land. Scuba divers, who spend their time beneath the surface, however, are constantly faced with the reality of this plastic problem.

In an effort to bring the sights that these divers see and raise awareness for the sake of the oceans, the good folks at Project Aware have launched a stunning photo campaign called, Beneath The Waves.

Beneath the Waves aims to rally scuba divers all over the world to share photos of the plastic trash they encounter, and add #BeneathTheWaves, to help raise awareness for marine debris.

scuba cans on the ocean floor

While it might just look like this is a mound of trash, this is actually a photo of a sea crab.

scuba entangled crab

We have a tendency to think that when we throw out trash it just “goes away!” Well … this is where “away” is.

Scuba Trash in Water

Plants, animals, and trash all float in a tangled mass on the surface.

scuba trashed beach 2

Many marine animals, some which have never even seen a human, are now finding themselves the victims of human behavior, many miles away.

scuba turtle in nets

Even creatures like coral, which are an essential nursery for ocean life, are coming under threat. This large piece was sliced off by a discarded fishing line.

scuba sponge sliced by fishing line

It is estimated that around 700 marine species are in danger of extinction due to plastic pollution.

Scuba whale tied up

Lucky for those animals, these divers are here to help.

scuba diver cleaning up

Discarded piles of rope and fishing nets like these are a hazard to aquatic life.

scuba divers with rope pile

By working hard to clear out some of the trash accumulating on the ocean floor, the amazing people working with Project Aware are making a difference, one trash bag at a time.

scuba diver with yellow bag

 

Hopefully, by documenting this problem and garnering clean up efforts, Project Aware will inspire others to help, in whatever way that they can. Cleaning up at your nearest river, lake or beach is a great way to help, but prevention is the best cure. Check out these awesome resources to learn how you can reduce your own plastic trash to make a difference:

 All image source: Beneath the Waves



Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

The Many Stages of Betrayal, as Shown by Cats (PHOTOS)

The Many Stages of Betrayal as Shown by Cats (PHOTOS)

Meet the Kind 7-Year-Old Who Has Helped Save the Lives of 17 Kittens Thanks to Her Foster Skills

Emma Feature Image

Victory! Zoo Exposed for Whipping Tigers Closes Thanks to Lack of Attendance

Victory! Bowmanville Zoo to Close After Undercover Investigation Exposes Animal Abuse

Tiger Cub Used as Selfie-Prop by Drug Dealer Gets Rescued!

Abandoned Tiger Cup Rented Out For Selfies Gets Rescued

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

126 comments on “Haunting Photos From Scuba Divers Across the World Show Devastating Impact of Ocean Plastic”

Click to add comment
Nancy Stier
2 Months Ago

Gut wrenching. Literally.


Reply
Nancy Stier
2 Months Ago

Gut wrenching. Literally.


Reply
Cresta Gronbach
2 Months Ago

Geoffrey Henry this why I didn't want to buy a water bottle yesterday. Let's pledge to use less plastics. #earthdayeveryday


Reply
Cresta Gronbach
2 Months Ago

Geoffrey Henry this why I didn't want to buy a water bottle yesterday. Let's pledge to use less plastics. #earthdayeveryday


Reply
Yossi Quint
2 Months Ago

William Cooper


Reply
Gayle Berry
2 Months Ago

Thank you


Reply
Natalie Hopkins
2 Months Ago

.... my heart


Reply
Charlotte Conley
2 Months Ago

Stop making plastics!!!!!


Reply
Charlotte Conley
2 Months Ago

Stop making plastics!!!!!


Reply
John Canaday
2 Months Ago

This is much worse than even they say here,,it goes on and on,,,even here where I live,,everyday I take home a bag of garbage from the beach that I pick up as I walk,,,it's terrible.


Reply


Subscribe to our Newsletter




Follow us on


Do Not Show This Again

×

Submit to OneGreenPlanet


Terms & Conditions ×