Photos of sea horses in this Sumbawa sea viral in social media. Not because it's cool, but because this sea horse brings cotton buds on its tail.
Naturally, mini animals like sea horses live around coral reefs. The tail is usually wrapped in coral or seaweed. This is done so that the seahorse stays stable in its position and does not oscillate due to ocean currents or waves.
But looking at the photos shared by Instagram Sea Legacy account, an ocean conservation organization, makes heart pain. Instead of wrapping a tail on a coral or seaweed, this one sea horse wound its tail on a cotton bud.
Viewed Travel Team from Instagram, Friday (15/09/2017), this deplorable photo of Sea Legacy direpost from Justin Hofman account, one of the activists. This photo immediately became viral in sosmed since it was first shared 2 days ago. Until now, the photo has been favored up to 40 thousand times and commented on 1,922 traveler.
In the photo, Justin Hofman calls this photo really frustrating and sad. A rare opportunity to immortalize the photo of a sea horse in the ocean of Sumbawa, transformed into pity because of the cotton bud waste brought in the tail of the horse.It's a photo that I wish didn't exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it. What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little sea horse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This sea horse drifts long with the trash day in and day out as it rides the currents that flow along the Indonesian archipelago. This photo serves as an allegory for the current and future state of our oceans. What sort of future are we creating? How can your actions shape our planet?.thanks to @richthebirder for finding this little seahorse and to the Natural History Museum of London for getting this photo in front of as many eyes as possible. . #plastic #seahorse #wpy53 #wildlifephotography #conservation @nhm_wpy @noaadebris
"This sea horse is drifting udder with garbage (cotton bud -red) carried by ocean currents along the Indonesian archipelago.This photo is an allegory of our present and future ocean conditions.What future do we create? How is your action for the planet ?," Justin wrote in his photograph.
When confirmed Team Travel, Justin confirmed that the location of this photo was taken in the sea of Sumbawa, NTB.
"Yes, that's right," Justin replied through a short message when asked if the photo of the sea horse was taken in Sumbawa.
Furthermore, Justin explained that the location of this image was taken around Sumbawa Besar. Justin took this sea horse photo while snorkeling with his friend named Richard White.
"I do not know exactly what the city's name is, but this photo was taken near Kencana Beach and Gemba in Sumbawa, this sea horse I found at sea level," explained Justin.
At that time, Justin claimed to see a lot of garbage that drifted up to the ocean. The garbage, according to Justin, comes from a local village.
"The scenery is common, almost in all parts of Indonesia where there is strong ocean currents, the garbage from the local countryside will be collected, fish and other animals also like to live in the waters with strong currents because there is so much food, so lots of garbage, coral reefs, and marine animals gathered in one place for one reason: ocean currents, "Justin says.
Photos taken by Justin is like a separate irony. Indonesia whose sea is very rich, and nature under the sea is very beautiful, apparently not free from waste problems. How long will this keep going?