Where there are people, there is litter! 22/5/2020

A delightful, if slightly choppy, dip this morning. The water is definitely warming up and in Sandown Bay is about 13 degrees. I ponder at times why I feel such an urge to sea swim and can never quite put my finger on it. I do know that ‘problems’ seem to become ‘challenges’ post-swim. As you can see from the photos below a) tow-floats are not good camouflage; 2) I need a hairdresser; iii) I am not the world’s best photographer! 😊

Litter rant: I find it extremely difficult to understand the complete lack of care that, judging by the amount of litter, many people have. The minute people reappeared, so did quantities of rubbish (shame people don’t treat banknotes the same careless way) from beer cans to used nappies, cigarettes,, their packets and cellophane, crisp and sweet packets, dog poo (some bagged) which today amazes me. I want to say to the owners, “YOU don’t crap on the pavement (do you?) so why let your dog?” And SO much plastic that will make its way into the sea, be broken down and eventually eaten in the fish you buy from the chippy. I don’t think it has anything to do with educating people, it’s simply that they do not care and you can’t them care.

I have a bin in the car and pick up what I can, working on the premise that two wrongs don’t make a right. I doubt what I pick up makes much difference but it does make me feel morally superior to those who drop it. Just saying 😊

22/5/2020. Accuweather Temp 15, real feel 12, wind WSW, 23km/h, gusting 45, pressure 1015.7mb. Met Office temp – both the same!! Wind 23km/h, gusting 45, pressure 1015. Channel Coastal Observatory wave height 0.5m, max 0.8m, sea temp 13.1 degrees. Car – 18 degrees.

Published by Victoria Thorneton-Field

Oceanographer, writer, advocate for mental health and environmental issues, all-year-round sea swimmer, located on the beautiful Isle of Wight.

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