5 Simple Unexpected Ways To Save The Ocean Right Now!

by | Apr 13, 2018 | News | 0 comments

LETS HELP THE OCEANS.

Lets keep the ocean full of fish and life instead of plastic bottles and plastic bags. For us at Blue Explorers, and for divers all over the world, the ocean is our playground, workplace and free-zone. We love the ocean and its inhabitance and we need it, not just for snorkelling and diving but for all life on earth. Oceans are the largest ecosystems on earth, they produce more than half of the oxygen we breath. Without the world’s oceans life on earth can not exist.

Here in the Canary Islands we are fortunate enough to have clean waters and clear dive sites, however, plastic pollution is still our biggest enemy. All oceans are connected and we now ask you to help us out. It is not difficult and if we do it together we can keep the ocean full of fish and life instead of plastic bottles and plastic bags.

 

1. BRING YOUR OWN SHOPPING BAGS.

For every lost plastic bag a turtle might actually die. When a plastic bag is floating in mid water it is very easy for a turtle to confuse it for a jellyfish which is one of their favorite foods. If the turtle does not manage to pass the bag through their digestive system it can lead to a painful death. So next time you shop, skip the plastic bag and save (the ocean) a turtle.

 

2. DITCH THE PLASTIC STRAW.

That one straw in you drink might seam innocent to you but multiply that straw with the amount of drinks sold around the world that day and you will understand the problem. Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are being used every day around the globe and unfortunately a big majority ofthese straws end up in the ocean.

 

3. SAY NO TO MICRO-PLASTIC.

Micro-plastic is a plastic particle less then 5mm. These particles often get created when bigger pieces of plastic end up in the ocean, with time, the sun and the waves break down the plastic into smaller and smaller pieces. You can also find micro-plastic in beauty products such as body scrubs and face masks. These tinny particles pass through our filtering system when you rinse your face or shower and then sadly, they eventually end up in the ocean. But it doesn’t stop there. These tiny particles often get eaten by the fish and then later by us! Think twice about what products you buy, don’t buy products which contain micro-plastic and make sure to recycle all plastic you use so it doesn’t end up in the ocean.

 

4. PICK UP LITTER.

Whether you are out diving or just walking along the beach, if you spot plastic floating or lying around pick it up, don’t just ignore it and assume someone else will pick it up. “Leave nothing but bubbles and footprints.”  Even if you are not yet a diver or you live far from the ocean, do your part and please pick up any displaced plastic you see. Plastic pollution affects us all, even if you might not see it in you everyday life. You would never si a piece of trash in our diving center in tenerife or gran canaria!

 

“With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you are connected to the sea. No matter where you live”
Dr Sylvia Earle

 

5. CARE!

The only thing we are asking you to do here is to CARE. Care about what is going on in the world. Care to bring your own shopping bag. Care to say no to the straw that you probably wont use anyway. Care to know what products you are using and care to pick things up. Care about saving the oceans!

 

THANK YOU FROM THE BLUE EXPLORERS TEAM!

Mikaela Edman, Dive Master
Blue Explorers Gran Canaria
Sources:
PlasticOceans.com
Marineconservation.com
Birdrescure.com

Do the oceans marine lifes and our divesites a big favour! Reduce your garbage say no to plastic bags and recycle!