Saturday, July 25, 2009
Freed a Fish caught in Plastic
Today surpassed all the others on our plastic ocean voyage. It dwarfed the Water Spot (funnel cloud) off in the short distance on Thursday. Even the soaring dolphins, the angel white Long Tail Terns and Flying Fish, as beautiful as entertaining as they were, do not compare to what we witnessed today. Not even the five vials of plastic that we plucked from the North Atlantic Gyre today wowed us to the extent to what I videoed tonight. Michael Gonsior, a post doc from University of California Irvine, assisted us in removing marine debris with a net as the ship idled while collecting deep ocean water. Gonsior plucked a black motor oil bottle from the ocean and by doing so saved the life of a fish that got trapped in the bottle when it was small and grew too large to ever escape. He had to rip the bottle open in order to free the beautiful blue spotted fish from its cramped quarters. The video reveals the story as it happened - evidence that plastics have a negative impact on our marine life.