A diver films an ocean of garbage in the waters of Bali

Millions of tourists flock every year to the sandy beaches of Bali's Indonesian island, but a video shot by a British diver highlights a worrying problem: clear waters stained with plastic waste. [19659002] This underwater video made this week by Rich Horner shows the diver swimming underwater amidst hundreds of plastic garbage and other debris at Manta Point, on the small island of Nusa Penida, southeast of Bali , where tourists come to observe the manta rays.

"The currents of the ocean brought us a beautiful gift with jellyfish, plankton, leaves, branches, palms, stems, etc … Oh, and plastic" , wrote the diver not ironically on his Facebook account.

All kinds of plastics – including bottles, goblets and straws – floated around him.

"Plastic bags, still plastic bags , plastic, pl astique, so much plastic! ", he added.

The mounds of garbage that accumulate on the beaches are damaging to Bali's reputation, presented as a dream island with turquoise waters, and highlight the rubbish problem in Indonesia

The fourth most populated country in the world with some 255 million inhabitants, this Southeast Asian archipelago is the world's second largest producer of marine litter after China, with 1.29 million tonnes per annum thrown at sea, causing immense damage to ecosystems and health.

For I Gede Hendrawa, researcher in oceanography at Udayana University in Bali, "the waste disturbs tourists by one point But the problem of plastic is much more serious than that: microplastics can contaminate fish that, if eaten by humans, can cause health problems such as cancer. "

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