A crying shame
Komodo dragon in the high tide garbage, Komodo Island National Park, Indonesia (worst larger).
One of the most distressing things for me during my visit to Indonesia was the amazing amount of plastic garbage I could see floating in the ocean and washed up on the beaches (I have a PhD in oceanography). Our planet is awash in garbage with over 8 million tons of plastic waste finding its way into the ocean each year, resulting in huge floating islands of trash in both the north and south Pacific. One of these patches is larger than the size of Mexico. Much of the South Pacific garbage reaches the ocean from the rivers of Southeast Asia. Remote uninhabited Henderson Island, located in this South Pacific region, was recently crowned the most plastic-polluted island on Earth, as researchers were recently astounded discovered it is covered in over 38 million pieces of trash.
Keeping the Komodo Island National Park free from garbage is a daunting task, with more garbage being washed onshore from the ocean with each tide. The beaches of Bali were similarly awash in trash. The garbage is killing sea birds and fish at an alarming rate. At one point, our boat was dead in the water as we cleaned trash fishing ropes off the propeller. This Komodo dragon was moving off the beach through a ton of garbage and coral rubble. At this point I actually turned my attention from photographing the lizard to documenting the beach trash.
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From Rinca and Komodo