Vast reservoir

Sandy Bay, Northland, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie 2019.

The sea is the vast reservoir of Nature. The globe began with sea, so to speak; and who knows if it will not end with it?” –  Jules Verne

Beyond the headland, the Pacific Ocean.

A summer day, when the sea is calm and the water clear, bodysurfers catch gentle waves and kids play in the shallows. On such a day it is easy to imagine that the vastness of the world’s largest ocean can absorb all the plastic and garbage and toxic marine-life-killing pollution we humans feed it, and that all our shit will somehow be absorbed and disappear.

Easy — and potentially fatal.

Posted to the weekly quotation-based challenge hosted by Debbie at Travel with Intent.

15 thoughts on “Vast reservoir

  1. Definitely fatal to believe that, especially when people keep eating so many fish and polluting themselves in the process.
    Love the Jules Verne quote, he was a brilliant author and one of favourites when I was a kid. 😊

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      • That was always my favorite too!! 😀
        I think these are good reasons to eat less fish, although I´ve recently read that sardines are a good choice in both respects – they reproduce really fast and as they are somewhat low on the food chain they´re also less polluted. Just had some with a lovely salad and homebaked sourdough bread yesterday – yummy! 😀


  2. I cannot tell about the other countries, but I know that here in Ireland the raw sewage goes straight to the rivers and then to the ocean. Just yesterday I witnessed something very sad. I walked along the local river with a housing estate on the other side. Obviously, someone was having a laundry day as the white stream joined the river. A rat was trying to escape the stream, swimming as fast as he could, with his eyes bulging from the effort. Even the rat knew the danger.

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