Sometimes, it’s sadly easy to forget how long things thrown into the sea last for. Thankfully, one of Malta’s most popular underwater activists took to Facebook last week to show give us a shocking look into it all.
One of Raniero’s Adventures’ latest videos exposes the absurd amount of rubbish lying at the bottom of Valletta’s Grand Harbour… and there’s a little bit of everything.
From TVs and radios to fans, sinks and even toilet seats, the video shows how people have used the Valletta harbour as their own personal dumping ground.
Most of the items in the video, even if in essence vintage like a classic Roadstar cassette player, appear to be in good condition, which goes to show how long the detrimental effects plastics and other items have on the environment can last.
The video quickly went viral, racking up 14,000 views and over 100 shares in a couple of days.
“Everything was thrown into the sea and till today they still stand whole,” Raniero told Facebook.
“Today we have special services which should be used for the disposal of old items,” the post continues. “Please use these services as our waters should not be used as the first resource.”
People have taken to social media to express their thoughts on the situation, with some noting how marine life has suffered immensely due to our bad habits.
“Looks like everything, including the kitchen sink,” one comment reads. “Seeing is believing.”
Perhaps the most shocking part of the video is the amount of glass bottles that cover the seabed, which can remain there for another another 1,000,000 years if nothing is done about it.