What trash looks like tangled in the ocean
This may be one of the more amazing thing we see.
In the land of garbage, we hit a goldmine. Today, Jeff spotted a large tangle of drift nets off the port side of the ship. Even from 100 meters away we could tell it was enormous. I ran into the cabin and gabbed my underwater gear. Within five minutes I was in the water swimming over to a mass of drift nets and rope of every size and color. There were blue ropes and green ropes, orange ropes, purple ropes and black ropes.
Underneath it was a school of Hawaiian sergeant fish, a rainbow runner and two grey chubs, all circling the debris. None of the fish were scared of us and the grey chubs were fascinated by my camera.
They kept swimming up to the curvature of my fisheye lens and started biting the camera. They even chewed on my hair! I could distinctly see one of them swimming around with a long blonde hair caught in it’s mouth.
After 45 minutes, Moore got in and grabbed the ropey mass by one end. He pulled it over to the boat and Bill and Jeff helped lower a line so they could haul the debris on board. Moore said the entire rope ball probably weighs 200lbs.
After Jeff and Bill pulled it on board we all sort of stood back and stared. It hung from the back of the ship all day. At dusk Moore tied it on the bow and flattened it as much as possible in order to make a sort of “debris nest,” where we’ll place our future finds.
What a sight, and, as I’ve said before, we’re still not at the garbage patch…