Shocking images show tornado of plastic rubbish chocking the ocean

By Hannah McFadyen

These shocking images show the horrifying amount of plastic waste that exists in the ocean.

This shot shows a diver suspended in the ocean, but instead of being surrounded by marine life she’s surrounded by different floating plastic.

Professional photographer and videographer Jukka Saarikorpi took these images while filming rays at Manta Point, Indonesia with his fiancée Aissa Paronen.

PIC FROM Jukka Saarikorpi / Caters News

He says that the point is home to over one-hundred rays that are suffering because of the rubbish and described the sight as ‘disturbing’.

The Finnish photographer wants to make people aware of the issue and says that there’s still more that need to be done.

Jukka, 39, said: “There is a tornado of plastic rubbish and manta ray’s swimming towards it. In other pictures there is my fiancée diving in this tornado of plastic trash.

Trash is coming with currents into this location, which is the same location for Manta’s to use for clean up so it’s a so called cleaning station.

PIC FROM Jukka Saarikorpi / Caters News

“Manta population in this area is big – there are over 100 manta’s living in this area.

“It was Sad and disturbing. I have never seen so much trash in one spot and also that this spot is actually a manta cleaning station is disturbing.

“Manta’s are plankton eaters so if they get plastic in their system it will stay there and cause issues.

“There has been over 80 000 views just from my own facebook page Jukka Saarikorpi photography.

“People have shared the images and also they have used them in school projects and smaller medias. I’ve had only positive comments on bringing awareness of the issues.

PIC FROM Jukka Saarikorpi / Caters News

“I wanted to share the images in order to bring awareness of recycling and the need of proper waste management system in these areas.

“As a photographer I am entitled to shoot something that is disturbing of nature and highlight it for other people in order to drive change for the better.

“There are several good groups and dive centres doing and helping the locals in teaching about recycling and using less plastic.

“It’s still a project that needs attention and money from outside and the government. Many people are doing clean-ups and helping already, but this is a global issue and everyone can make a difference.”