At Wings we love the ocean and all its creatures so we want to do our best to look after it. A couple weeks ago some of the Wings crew decided to do a bit of a beach clean up right here in the Whitsundays.
While snorkeling in Pitstop Bay on Border Island they noticed a fair amount of rubbish up on the tiny beach inside the bay. Once all passengers were safely back on board the crew decided they needed to head on over to the beach and do what they could to remove the rubbish so they grabbed a rubbish bag and headed on over.
Once on the beach they quickly realised that the one bag they had brought with them wasn't going to be enough to fit all the rubbish, so they headed back to grab some more. The majority of the rubbish they found were different types of plastics. Once they were done, the rubbish they had collected off a beach not more than 15m long, filled over 3 large bags. Hard to believe right.
Many of us are led to believe that plastic pollution is only a problem in third world countries, but our crews little endeavour proves otherwise. Plastic is a problem the world over especially in our oceans. A lot of the plastics look like food for marine creatures like turtles, whales and even seabirds so they swallow it. A belly full of plastic isn't good for anyone and it is not uncommon to find these animals washed ashore riddled with the waste.
It is our job to make sure we keep our rubbish out of the oceans so that they can continue to be healthy and full of life. Our crew at Wings always do their best to make sure they remove any rubbish they see and we encourage our guests to do the same.
Our little slice of island paradise is a magical place and that's how it should stay.