Photographer's Note

Sadly, remote areas of the marine environment gather the remains of human produce. And I bet if anyone was ever asked to name one thing that humans make that is damaging to the planet, PLASTIC would be at the top of their list. Thankfully, El Toro - the magnificent promontory that you can see here - is a marine reserve, but that does not stop litter being left there and washing up there.

Today was an Asociación Ondine (AO) beach clean-up day. AO are a marine conservation and educational outreach organisation in Mallorca, working to enhance the marine environment of Malorca and further a field, throughout the Balearic Islands and more...

About 30 of us were on land, maybe 20 people supporting on the boats. There was a scuba dive team also.

The volunteers on the land collected the best part of 100kg of rubbish. I think the overall figure was slightly under, but there was a lot of degraded plastics, plastic bags, plastic fragments, plastic fishing pots, plastic, pieces of plastic, parts of plastic, polluted plastic, pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) quite probably adhering on to the plastic, you name it.

The thing is, if you happened to climb down those steep cliffs, as we did, which was not an easy thing to do, to reach such a marvelous and aesthetically-pleasing place, far from the madding crowd, wouldn't you also want to take all of your plastic home and leave the place as you had found it?

Of course, flotsam is at the mercy of the naive, ignorant, and lazy, for almost everything can be strapped or tied down. Jetsam, well, in times of distress what else should a vessel and it's participants do? But otherwise?? The amount of light bulbs from ships floating around on our seas and oceans is not an illuminating thought...

But I digress.

Here we have El Toro - the Bull - with lighthouse warning passing mariners of the dangers of the local, shallow underwater terrain. Many Asociación Ondine volunteers collecting rubbish to make the place prettier and limit the damage that the plastic particles there are and could eventually have on OUR ecosystem. Support vessels including the Bonnie Lass which was facilitating a cleanup of the sea bed by many underwater divers. And RIB boats carefully caressing the turbulent shore waters and collecting the rubbish bags we filled to pass on to the Bonnie Lass to take back to land and dispose of appropriately. {oxymoron?? Plastic disposed of, "appropriately"}

Not to forget to mention a couple of gulls and a most magnificent mountainous place more or less at sea-level.


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