Photo of the Week
Featuring images from the Marine Photobank, these Photo of the Week stories highlight ocean issues as well as the ability of visual media to promote ocean conservation. Would you like see one of your images as a Photo of the Week? Please become a contributing member of the Marine Photobank and let your photos work on behalf of the ocean.
Colin Zylka/Marine Photobank
"I am fortunate enough to travel to great diving destinations around
the world as part of my job as a scuba instructor, introducing new
divers to all the fantastic marine life in the oceans. However, that
does not mean the oceans are as pristine as we'd like them. More and
more I see plastic and other forms of trash getting onto coral reefs
and inshore shallow areas, with some areas of the world worse than
others. The sorry thing is the trash that is on most tropical islands
will likely end up in the ocean, despite the ocean being a resource for
tourism and other economic gain.
As we were driving around the island this particular
day, I was amazed at the amount of trash washed up on the windward
shore, but plastic seemed to be the most prevalent. Beautiful skies,
clear water and warm breezes make for the perfect tropical vacation. I
shot many frames on this trip, both underwater and topside, documenting
the beauty of the island, but this one really hit home. Where did this
trash originate? Did someone just toss it into the ocean and it
eventually landed on that spot? Does it really matter from where, or
from whom? We need to remind ourselves that we can do better for the
sake of the planet."
- Colin Zylka