Bikini Beach Panglao at Bohol is one of the favorite "nooks" of the locals because of its calm waters, shady palm trees, and water full of color and coral fishes according to the Bohol Philippines Travel Guide. Unfortunately, volunteers this past weekend found the beach in a far worse condition than described.
On Saturday morning 56 passionate volunteers in Bohol made their way to Bikini Beach ready to make a difference. In just two hours, about 1,689 pounds of trash was collected - a new record for a beach cleanup in The Philippines.
Not only did the team collect all of this trash, they also collected data on which items were collected.
The 5 most common trash items found on Bikini Beach were:
1. Food (junk food) wrappers - 5000+
2. Plastic cups - 971
3. Glass bottles - 922
4. Plastic bags - 600+
5. Plastic bottles - 253
Out of the 5 most common trash items, 3 of the items are plastic. This means that if it was not removed from the beach, it would have found its way to the ocean where it would eventually turn into microplastic. Small fish and other organisms such as plankton then digest the microplastic which can cause complications all throughout the marine food chain. Instead, volunteers were able to remove approximately 2,000 plastic items that will now, because of them, never be a problem for marine life.
Thanks to everyone at Plastic Free Bohol for making this event possible! Because of groups like this, our oceans are becoming a cleaner place for all marine life to thrive.
More photos from the cleanup:
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As we got closer to the ocean floor, we began to approach a reef; this reef was nothing short of epic. The colours were bright and everything appeared to be healthy with marine life flourishing... that was until the current changed. Within seconds, this heaving reef became surrounded with plastic and rubbish.