This shocking image was taken off the Honduran island of Roatan. The photographer Caroline Power, who lives on Roatan, which is just 12 miles long and three miles wide, shared the image of this tide of plastic on social media to raise awareness of the problem.
A real tide of plastic
“Think about your daily lives,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “How did you take your food to go last time you ate out? How was your last street food served? Chances are it was Styrofoam and served with a plastic fork and then put in a plastic bag. Do you still use plastic garbage bags? Plastic soda bottles? Zip lock bags? The plastic wrap on your food? Do you buy toilet paper that comes wrapped in plastic instead of paper? Do you put your fruit and vegetables in produce bags at the grocery?“
More than eight million tonnes of plastic goes into the oceans every year, and it is estimated there will be more of it than fish by 2050…
About Caroline Power
Caroline Power is an environmentalist and passionate photographer whose photographs recently went viral, highlighting the global issue of plastic in our oceans. Equipped with her Olympus OM-D EM-5 and underwater housing she takes to the oceans to document the beauty and destruction of our marine life, witnessing orcas hunting and eating a tiger shark and playing tag with sea lions.