No shark, no pilot whale, no albatross only two lonely fish were following me at the start of my day. Paul and Gonzo were on the RHIB, the wind and waves were in our favor and the sun was bright and shiny.
Every time we were stopped for my food breaks, Paul and Gonzo jumped into the water to cool off. The water was clear and the sun rays penetrated deep into the ocean making long white stripes that all converged below me. It was as if I was looking at a perspective drawing, with a deep blue precipice beneath my streamline and me. I was not walking on a line extended between two buildings, I was swimming above a line and a deep blue space with no bottom. I wondered what was below me deep into the ocean.
Paul stopped the RHIB to get my attention, a big wooden cable spool was bobbing in the waves, many different fish from different sizes occupied the space below it. It was an amazing sight, all those fish with different colors against the deep blue.
This image was soon removed from my mind when soon after we entered an area loaded with plastic. It was as bad as the one area I swam in a couple of days ago. Those two times were the worst concentration of plastic I had ever seen. Plastic from different sizes, mainly flexible pieces like bags, wraps and sheets invaded the ocean like a virus. Everywhere I looked I saw plastic and not one at a time but multiple. This is disgusting, sad and very disturbing. When are we going to reach a critical moment when we are all going to say enough is enough and really make significant changes at the global scale?
Sunny (could coverage 1/8)
Wind speed: 6 kts
Wind direction: WSW
Waves height: 0.5m
Waves direction: WSW
Water temperature: 27.1°C