A feel-good video with a serious message.
Instead of a coconut or a clamshell, a baby vein octopus took refuge in a plastic cup, which it probably scavenged on the ocean floor. Pall Sigurdsson’s diving buddy found the little octopus and sent him a hand signal to come over and help.
Sigurdsson, an engineer and diving enthusiast from Iceland, passionately films animals he encounters underwater. That day, he and other divers from Lembeh, Indonesia were already in their third dive and was beginning to feel a bit exhausted.
“I am no stranger to seeing octopi making homes out of trash. They are clever animals and use their environment to their advantage, and trash is a permanent part of their environment now,” Sigurdsson said in an interview.
“However the octopus with its soft tentacles did not know that this cup offers virtually no protection, and in a competitive environment like the ocean, this cup was a guaranteed death sentence.”
Sadly, a lot of plastic cups, containers, and other trash now contaminate our oceans.
Plastics endanger the lives of sea creatures. Whether they accidentally ingest or get entangled with these harmful pollutants, the end result is the same: death.
Ultimately, we human beings suffer in the destruction of marine ecosystems.
“Most trash (including plastic) sinks. Most people only talk about the parts that they can see. The part that floats, but that’s just scratching the surface of the problem. Plastic straws are a minuscule part of the problem,” Sigurdsson explained.
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