We retrieved 19 pieces of debris weighing a total of .5 kilograms from Shangri-la Marine Sanctuary off Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines.
The overall group was quite large, so more was actually collected. I know that at least one diver properly disposed of her debris once ashore, but before I could ask her for her debris for reporting purposes.
My small sub-group collected quite a variety. We found plastic, wood, metal, and fabric. In fact, let me tell you a little something about the fabric….
I removed from the ocean floor a baby’s onesie and someone’s underwear.
How does a onesie or anyone’s underwear end up on the ocean floor? Who changed their baby or themselves on a boat, over a marine sanctuary, close to shore? We were less than 12 meters deep on a shelf, within the buoys marking the sanctuary’s snorkeling area!
These ocean cleanups, unfortunately, never cease to surprise me….