What did volunteer divers find during Debris Month of Action? More than 38,680 debris items including 3,935 plastic beverage bottles, 2,152 cigarette filters, and 2,363 cigar tips. Shocking? Wait until we tell you what the most bizarre and unusual discovery was: a “makeshift toilet” found in the murky depths of the Sheffield Canal in the UK.
There’s a reason people flock to the ocean when it’s hot. Submerging in cool water draws heat from your body at a rapid rate and lowers your core temperature. That’s great if you’re taking a quick dip to cool off, not so great when you’re 30 feet below the surface trying to appreciate the parrotfish.
The data are clear that the average age of the recreational diver is rising, and that the number of total knee replacements (TKR) per year are steadily increasing and more common with age. Surely there is a meaningful overlap of these sets. What should the diver considering having, or already having undergone, TKR be aware of?
As a former believer in the notion perpetrated by generations of Chief Petty Officers — who took exception to ship’s decks being littered with rubbish — that the ocean was the “world’s biggest ashtray”, I always assumed that the sea was more than capable of dealing with anything that I happened to throw its way.
September’s Debris Month of Action is in full swing and as always, scuba divers are going above and beyond to help remove trash to keep our ocean environment clean and healthy. Samy Gheraz and the crew at Infinity Ocean Diving in Phuket, Thailand kick started their Dive Against Debris Hero actions, organising monthly Dive Against Debris surveys – the first one of which took place with great success on 9th September.