Horrifying pictures show majestic manta ray forced to swim in sea of plastic off tourist hotspot
Shocking images show the sea creature trying to navigate its way through the water which was littered with tampons, nappies and packaging.
A scuba diver captured the horrifying image which shows the toxic rubbish at Manta Bay in Bali, Indonesia.
Environmentalist Brooke Pyke, 26, said the fish were not able to separate their food from all of the rubbish, which also included takeaway cutlery.
The litter had been left by some of the millions of holidaymakers who flock to the area each year while other objects had been flushed out from the rivers.
Brooke told the Daily Mirror: “These same currents also brought the zooplankton that the manta rays are feeding on.
"These poor mantas were trying to feed while swimming through a plastic soup.”
Brooke, from Melbourne, Australia, is a research assistant intern with the Marine Megafauna Foundation and dives in the bay daily.
But she was “depressed” and embarrassed when she was diving with guests because there was so much rubbish in the water.
She added: “I grab plastic bags and packaging, straws and water cups out of the way of the mantas so they don’t swallow it.”
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