8 Replies to “Flotsam Textures 7-16”

  1. This is far morgen plastic than I experienced e.g. on the beaches of north frisian islands. And all pieces of debris are much bigger, less destroyed. Interesting.

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  2. Goodness these photos are distressing Jessica, so much plastic, it’s horrendous what these are doing to ocean creatures. By the way I have a new nature blog up and running. It would be great if you could spend a minute or two checking it out, I’d value your comments: https://denzilnature.com/

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  3. These pictures show a relatively small and discrete location where debris uniquely washes up from the Bristol Channel, from across the Atlantic in North and South America, as well as from the Mediterranean and North Africa. All the tides and currents in the location cause smaller flotsam like this to accumulate at a single point. It appears and disappears with shifting sands and strong tides. It is routinely cleared up by local volunteers but it is a difficult job and never ending.


  4. Yes, plastic pollution is a great cause for concern and does seem to be getting worse. These pictures were taken some time ago and to my knowledge the state of affairs has continued at this point for at least the last 20 years and probably very much longer. Volunteers regularly clear up but it is a very difficult job, especially with the smaller material, and a situation where the flotsam can alternately be completely buried or reappear from one tide to the next.

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  5. Yes, I agree with you Andy. When I first started taking seashore photographs, I was attracted by the flotsam whether it was organic or inorganic. But at that time most of the man-made flotsam was larger sized and easy to pick up and remove, Now it is increasingly smaller pieces and particles that are very difficult and time-consuming to retrieve – an impossible task in many cases. Even with many volunteers the task would take for ever.

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  6. Yes, I have heard that as well. In England there are moves to make Christmas cards, wrapping paper, and decorations that contain only materials that are eco-friendly, without any plastics included, and that will decompose naturally.


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