Red Sea Research, Club Red, Seven Tenths and Dive-Hive took part in the international Beach Cleanup Day

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Today – 19 September 2009 – is the international Beach Cleanup Day. All of us – especially divers – would love to see the beaches and the nearby reefs clean. Reality is quite often different. Plastic bags and other rubbish are thrown carelessly on the beach and into the ocean. Red Sea Research was organizing a cleanup that took place at the divespot Mashraba in Dahab, South-Sinai, Egypt. The dive centre Club Red provided tanks, Seven Tenths was paying for the transport of the rubbish to the next recycling place. Dive-Hive was invited to help as well and took pictures of the event. It was quite a pile of rubbish that came out of the water.

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As sad as it is to see the rubbish under water we had some encounters that cheered us up. We want to tell the highlights to show you that the underwater world has to be and is worth to be protected.

A seamoth obviously appreciated what we are doing. The cute fish that lives mainly on the ground was just sitting there and was not bothered at all as we started to put the camera in his face. Maybe he expected that we will pay him for this photo shooting.

In about eight metres of depth there is a lot of sea grass in this area. But right in the middle of it there is quite a busy place. It is an anemone that looks a bit like and ancient roman theatre. The diameter of it is about 30 cm. It was so funny to sit back there for a short moment and watching this spot.

Sarah found an old plastic bottle with a big hole inside. Nothing special , huh? Well it is if this is the temporary home for a small octopus. Sarah asked him nicely to leave but he did not want to come out. My home is my castle? Well fair enough – but in this case we had no choice to remove his home of plastic. Of course we managed to get the little fellow back into the sea safely. Good luck and don’t get caught!

We were quite busy under water and did not even cover 100 metres of shallow water close to the shore. But still we found amazing things to watch. It would be so easy to take the rubbish into the next bin. Once it is in the ocean it is much harder to take out. Furthermore rubbish does endanger the underwater world on earth. So please help to keep our beaches and the ocean clean.

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published on September 9, 2009 by jdo
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