Justin Hofman was snorkeling near Sumbawa Island in Indonesia about nine months ago in what he thought were pretty pristine waters. But as the tide came in so did the debris including plastic bags and even sewage. That’s when he spotted the seahorse, which was clinging to a waterlogged pink plastic swab.


This Seahorse rides a devastating message!

justin hofman, seahorse on plastic straw sewage surfer“Seahorses are universally adored,” says Hofman. “When people look at the photo they have this switch of emotions from ‘happy, cute seahorse’ to devastated because of what humans are doing to the planet. Visually, the photo is easy to read. It speaks across demographics.” Hofman is a lifelong adventurer and conservation advocate, having led expeditions all over the world, where he has observed plastic pollution in even the most remote locations. “At the end of the day, I want people to care about the planet.”

When Hofman entered the photo “Sewage Surfer” in London’s Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition he had no idea what the outcome would be. He came in a finalist! And his image has gone viral having been shared tens of thousands of times and featured in news outlets around the world.

Recently there was a similar story and video that went viral on social media regarding a sea turtle in serious trouble with a plastic straw. See: Sea Turtle vs Straw: An Eco Movement goes Viral.

Congratulations from Blue Ocean on a great image with a disturbing but very meaningful message.

By Bob Frerck, Blue Ocean Network


Plus these additional, related Blue Ocean Posts on Plastic Pollution:

Thousands of Miles Away Is Not Far Enough To Escape Plastic Pollution
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Taking Out the Trash
Our Plastic Ocean
Does Your Coffee Cup Take 30 Years to Break Down?
UN Environment Declares War on Ocean Plastic
The Ocean Bottle brings attention to our Daily Plastic Waste
Microfiber Pollution from THE STORY OF STUFF
An Action Agenda to Clean-Up Our Ocean


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