After the recent Typhoon 10 that hit Hong Kong a few days ago, a grim discovery was made by Tracey Read on Discovery Bay’s North Beach. A total of thirty 25kg sacks of Pre Processed Plastic [Raw Plastic in small pellet form also known as Nurdles] was found washed up on the beach. Sadly 11 of the sacks were empty and their contents now lay strewn across the beach. Plastic is one of the largest pollutants in the worlds oceans today. These small translucent balls look very similar to fish eggs and because of this they are consumed by fish and seabirds. The Nurdles absorb all pollutants before they are ingested, passing these toxins onto the host. Once in the food chain, plastic then works it’s way up the food chain and eventually ends up on the human dinner table.
The first three designs roll out of the Sea Shepherd ships from Operation No Compromise. The Bob Barker “Silent Hunter”, The Gojira “Interceptor” and the Steve Irwin “Stormforce”. These are limited editions printed on satin finished aluminium with a float mount which gives them a stunning and vibrant look. The first of Bob Barker images was auctioned of at Sea No Evil 2012 to raise money for Sea Shepherd.
Spent the morning yesterday, baking in the midday sun, watching these fascinating little guys come out and play on the mud-flats. The common English name “Fiddler Crab” comes from the feeding of the males, where the movement of the small claw from the ground to its mouth resembles the motion of someone moving a bow across a fiddle (the large claw). Sadly the mangrove area that these guys were photographed in had recently been completely destroyed and cut back to stumps. These mangrove areas are critical to marine habitats as they provide nursing and birthing grounds for many species.