We've all heard the news that the world ocean becomes more and more polluted. But the good news is that people are trying to change the situation. And some are really making a difference.
According to experts, there is more than 260,000 tons of plastic in the ocean. Various kinds of plastics and paints not only pollute the waters but also are life-threatening for animals that swallow or get stuck in them. And this story tells how important it is to take care of sea creatures.
Pall Sigurdsson and a team of divers came across a small octopus who has made a home out of a plastic cup in Lembeh, Indonesia. The diver convinced the little guy to change his home from a plastic cup to a clam shell.
Pall Sigurdsson confesses that he loves filming the sea creatures he encounters during his underwater adventures.
"This was our third dive of the day. We were all a little tired. But suddenly my buddy sent me a hand signal. He was pointing at an octopus he had found. And he needed my help."
The man had already seen octopuses make a home out of trash. They are clever animals and use their surroundings to their advantage. But the octopus didn't realize yet that it had chosen the wrong shelter. In the ocean, a plastic cup was a cruel fate for this little guy.
Sigurdsson and the other divers had been helping the octopus for so long that they forgot about the most important thing. They were almost out of air. Still, they managed to finish what they set out to do. They convinced the octo to change his home.
Sigurdsson offered the octopus several clam shells until it finally chose one of them.
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You may not have known, but this species is known as the coconut or veined octopus, and it is born with the instinct to protect itself by creating a mobile home out of coconut or clam shells.
But they can also use other materials. For example, empty plastic cups or containers.
Why is this dangerous for their lives?
First of all, they're transparent. That is, a predator can easily see the octopus and kill it. Secondly, it also threatens the life of whoever eats them. After all, the plastic will also get into its stomach.
The predator is also likely to die or become weakened to the point that a larger predator will kill it. As you can see, it's a vicious circle.
Plastic is a major pollutant in the oceans. Most people only care about the problem on the surface. That is, people don't think much about what is going on inside the oceans. But everyone has the power to make a difference.
Here's is the reaction of Internet users to this video:
"The way the little fellow reached out to check each shell was just adorable."
"This makes me feel simultaneously super proud of humanity and melancholy at the same time. The divers are great people and do their best to fix ecological hiccups from littering into the ocean with our trash."
"This is one of the most beautiful things that I have ever seen. So touching. Cuteness of the little one and beautiful act of kindness of the divers, it’s a perfect combination."
The divers have recorded a video:
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