Seventy percent of the world is covered by water. How many people have taken a second out of their busy lives to truly admire the beauty that lies beneath the surface? On my trip to Aruba in July of 2009, I learned just how beautiful the world is. The world beneath the surface is as mysterious as it is beautiful. If only looking at the surface, few glimpses of beauty can be observed. Once I put on my snorkel equipment and took a look at the world beneath, my perspective on the Ocean changed automatically. After only a few seconds of exploring, I was baffled by what I had discovered. Hundreds of colorful fish were easily seen and only a few feet off of the shore. The thing that I was most interested in was the fact that these mysterious and beautiful creatures lived so close to the shore. I knew that fish could be found close to shore, but I had no idea that so many exotic species of fish and corals could be seen practically a step outside the hotel’s front door. After experiencing the beauty of the ocean first hand, I have gained a grander sense of respect for it than I had had before. Now, whenever I see someone litter on a beach, I am filled with a sense of disgust, the litterers should take a look in the water and see just what their littering could be killing. I do not see how one can willingly litter with so much life buzzing below the surface of the water. Do the people not care? Or do they simply not realize that amount of life near the coast? Whatever the reason, there is no way one could possibly justify it, they are not saving that much energy by choosing not to walk to a garbage can and instead choosing the litter the beaches. If one would wish to see this littering first hand, they should go to Baby Beach in Aruba; It is a beautiful little beach that has a plethora of fish in it ranging from parrot fish to barracuda. The sad thing about this beach is that it is located probably no more than 500 feet from a Valero plant. It is quite a shame that this quaint little beach is located in such an industrial area where I am sure there is some runoff from the plant. So the next time you consider dropping that piece of paper, or leaving that plastic bottle behind at the beach, just take a look beneath the water and see what you are affecting.
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