Video Shows Popular Dive Spot in Bali Inundated With Trash

According to Treehugger, Indonesia is considered the second most polluted nation in the world — second only to China.

“Bali, which has long been viewed as a paradisiacal destination, has been developing a reputation for excessive pollution, resulting in many tourists not wanting to return,” says Treehugger.

A recent video taken by diver Rich Horner documents a facet of that pollution problem, which shows an overwhelming amount of trash in a popular diving spot off the island of Bali.

Manta Point is off the island Nusa Penida, located 20 km (12 miles) from Bali. It is also a famous spot for manta rays to be cleaned of parasites by smaller fish. Horner’s video clearly shows it was not a day for manta rays, though.

“The ocean currents brought us in a lovely gift of a slick of jellyfish, plankton, leaves, branches, fronds, sticks, etc… Oh, and some plastic,” Horner told in a post on Facebook.

“Some plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic cups, plastic sheets, plastic buckets, plastic sachets, plastic straws, plastic baskets, plastic bags, more plastic bags, plastic, plastic, so much plastic! Surprise, surprise, there weren’t many Mantas there at the cleaning station today… They mostly decided not to bother,” Horner continues.

Horner goes on to point out that the next day the collection of plastic was gone, drifting off into another part of the Indian Ocean. It’s clear that the problem is only getting worse and that even if plastic blooms like this one get broken up, they’ll only become smaller microplastics.

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