SEA SHAME Horrified British diver reveals ocean off picturesque holiday hotspot Bali is completely clogged with plastic that’s killing wildlife

Richard Horner who has been living and diving in Bali for more than five years was disgusted to see a manta ray fish spitting out plastic

08 March 2018 - 09:03

ALARMING footage of a British diver swimming through swathes of plastic rubbish reveals the harrowing extent of global ocean pollution.

Richard Horner, 45, who has been living and diving in Bali for more than five years, can be seen twisting and turning through the water, in a bid to avoid a deluge of wrappers and bags floating into him.

Richard Horner captures sea life swimming amongst masses of plastic pollutants at Manta Point, Bali

 Plastics in the form of bottles, bags and cups, have clumped together in the ocean and are being swallowed by sea life
 
Plastics in the form of bottles, bags and cups, have clumped together in the ocean and are being swallowed by sea life

The former mechanical design engineer from East Sussex filmed himself swimming off the picturesque Indonesian coast of Manta Point Bay on Saturday.

He was motivated to film his underwater adventure because plastic pollution had become "much, much worse than usual".

Mr Horner was even more horrified to see manta rays spitting plastic out of their mouths.

He said: "What we saw in Manta Point was much worse than anything I've seen before.

 Richard believes locals dump their rubbish into rivers, because they do not have anywhere else to throw their plastics away
 
Richard believes locals dump their rubbish into rivers, because they do not have anywhere else to throw their plastics away
 Richard, who has been living and diving in Bali for more than five years filmed his venture because the situation has become much worse
 
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Richard, who has been living and diving in Bali for more than five years filmed his venture because the situation has become much worse

"We've seen mantas actively avoiding the plastic entering their mouths and sometimes spitting it out.

"As the plastic breaks up into microplastics, it will be eaten by a lot of fish and filter feeders, mantas, whale sharks and whales."

Mr Horner believes the situation off the coast of Bali has dramatically worsened because locals are not well educated.

He suspects the plastics come from rivers in Indonesia, which are used as a dumping ground.

 Richard picks a plastic bag off of his selfie stick as he films
 
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Richard picks a plastic bag off of his selfie stick as he films

Mr Horner said: "The 'Keep Britain Tidy' campaigns brainwashed us very successfully into not dropping litter - they haven't had that here yet.

"Also, they don't have anywhere else to put it."

Richard uploaded the video to social media where it has been shared more than 16,000 times.

Indonesia is one of the world's worst plastic polluters, believed to be the source of around ten per cent of the world's plastic waste.

Officials previously declared a "garbage emergency" after a long stretch of coast was covered in plastic brought in by the tide.

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