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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Underwater Clean Up In Santa Pola with CrazyCris

Well that was interesting! And EXHAUSTING!!! A couple of hours in the sun, on the boat or in the water, are always tiring. Add the trash collecting and no wonder I'm so dead!

I got up at very early o'clock this morning, and zipped along the coast to the other end of the Alicante Bay to Santa Pola, to join in the 1st annual clean up organised by ANTHIAS, the dive club I've been going out with this summer, for "Clean Up Your World Day". 10 conscientious divers answered the call. We got our equipment ready as quickly as possible, piled it in the boat, and got the general instructions for the day's work.

Our target:
the breakwater protecting Santa Pola's harbour, favourite haunt of local amateur fishermen.

The A-Team gets geared up to start on the first section:

They're off!

Those of us on the boat (B-Team) watch them bobbing up and down between the seabed and the surface, while the fishermen look on wondering what these crazy people are up to.

While filling up several trash bags with cans, juice boxes, plastic bags (by far the big winner), fishing lines, our friends occasionally bring us back some of the most random objects, way to big to fit in a bag!

abandoned fishing gear never really stops fishing! :s

du-dun, du-dun... (cue Jaws theme)

it was a plastic barnacle-covered table top!

would anyone like half a chair?

Halfway down the line we switch places. A comes up for some sun, B jumps in the water!

Main problem with this clean up? Crappy visibility!!!

Can't see much, can you? The bottom is all silt, so it finds itself easily in suspension in the water column (one good kick with the flippers and you're blind!). You have to get really close to things to be able to see them at all...

Quite disturbing!!!

Even looking up it's hard to make out the boat!

While we were doing our watery part, a few others worked along the rocks, braving the wrath of the fishermen who didn't like being interrupted, but who couldn't be bothered to clean up after themselves! grrrr....

I don't know what the final tally is, but we brought up a lot of shit! Hopefully next year more people will join in.

And now I'm turning in early... have to get up at bloody early o'clock again to go hiking!
I must be crazy... :p

Visit CrazyCris's blog, Here and There and Everywhere and read more great adventures from this wonderful author, adventurist and just a great person. 


CrazyCris said...

That final paragraph is making me blush Kevin! :p
I'm glad you liked the post and very proud you chose to repost it here at CacheCrazy! :o)

That was a crazy and intense day! Unfortunately the dive club didn't repeat the event in 2012... I'll have to put some pressure on the guy to see if he'll do it again this year!

Here in Alicante a couple of groups have organised regular (dry!) beach cleans at the beginning and end of summer. It's horrifying the amount of rubbish that you can find among the sand and rocks... In the water plastic ruled, in the sand I've found it to be cigarette butts and lollipop sticks! :o(

Erika Jean said...

Interesting and awesome clean up!!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I thought I remembered reading this post. Too bad they didn't repeat the event - its a good thing to do and needed.

Adrienne Smith said...

Really great! I think that is awesome that this was an event! I hope they do it again!

Kevin Bloodhounded said...

I'm happy everyone is enjoying this post. I loved it right away and wanted to share it with Earth Day in mind and Cris said, go for it! Thanks for sharing your anventures with us here at CacheCrazy!

CrazyCris said...

Just back from hiking 6500 steps into Hell (and back), and loved seeing all these comments popping up in my inbox! :o)

I'm glad you guys liked it! I do hope it gets organised again this year! I'll try to put some pressure on the dive club owner... ;o)

Kevin, thanks for sharing my crazy tale!

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