Found - 532 thongs
CAPE Kimberley Beach is back to its pristine natural beauty after Tangaroa Blue volunteers - with the help of a quad bike and boat - removed a mountain of marine debris last week.
Situated on the north side of the Daintree River, Cape Kimberley Beach sits adjacent to the world famous Great Barrier Reef but has become a marine debris hotspot due to its location, predominate winds and local currents.
The colossal clean-up effort resulted in an astound- ing 815kg of debris being removed, consisting of 12,888 individual items including pallets, tyres, broken down plastic items, bottle tops and lids, and a weather balloon and polystyrene.
A number of people must also be plodding around in bare feet as there were 532 thongs washed up.
“It was hot and sweaty work, but volunteers were dedicated to get all this debris off the beach and the difference walking back down the beach after the clean-up was amazing,” Tangaroa Blue Ocean Care Society’s Heidi Taylor said.
“I’d also like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers and locals who provided the quad bike and boat and also put on a barbecue.
“We would also like to thank Garry from the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas who donated a minibus for the day to transport volunteers up to Cape Kimberley.
“And thanks also to Ranger Sam from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service who removed and disposed of all the debris after the event.”