A sea of plastic: Shocking images show how bottles, bags and rubbish are choking our oceans


these pictures are unlikely to make it

into the glossy tourist brochures that

sell the Caribbean as a paradise

destination for they show the much

grimmer reality of clear blue seas

increasingly choked by a tide of

discarded plastic in one photograph

taken near Wroten an island off the

coast of Honduras a diver grimaces as he

prepares to enter the water almost

completely covered by waste another

taken from below the water line shows

plastic bottles bags and other rubbish

on the surface blocking out sunlight

meanwhile a close-up image of the ocean

reveals dozens of disposable knives and

forks floating among the seaweed it is

thought the rubbish was washed into the

sea from nearby Guatemala carried on

rivers swollen by the recent rainy

season flowing through towns and

villages the sight disgusted

photographer Caroline Power who shared

the images online to raise awareness of

the problem she wrote this has to stop

think about the plastic you use in your

daily lives John orsten of the blue

planet society which campaigns to

protect the oceans said it was a worst

example of plastic pollution he has seen

he pointed out that plastic gets broken

down into microscopic particles that

enter the food chain when plankton and

fish eat them he added it is thought

that 90% of seabirds have ingested some

sort of plastic and there are many

examples of turtles and whales mistaking

plastic for food we all have a part to

play in reducing plastic waste but

manufacturers and government need to

take the lead it's a global problem

which needs a global solution we have

long campaign to end the scourge of

dumped plastic the banish the bags

campaign led to a huge reduction in

single-use plastic bags at supermarkets

and now we are calling for a deposit

scheme on plastic bottles in a major

victory for our band The Bee

campaign last year ministers pledged to

outlaw toxic microbeads which are

poisoning our seas