Moon jellyfish off the coast of Gam, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. They are a food source for birds, fish and turtles which, as oceans become polluted, increasingly mistake plastic for jellyfish, often with fatal consequences. (© Conservation International/photo by Sterling Zumbrunn)
Imagine for a moment that you are 2 inches tall. Submerged in the ocean (don’t worry, you can breathe!), you hitch a ride on the back of a translucent jellyfish. Suddenly, a massive leatherback turtle swoops above your head, chasing down its next meal. As you get closer, you realize the floating translucent object is not another jellyfish — the turtle’s favorite food — it’s a plastic bag. Looking up toward the surface, you notice the sunlight is peeking through a thick layer of bottles, containers and other plastic trash.
This is Conservation International’s new social virtual reality experience, “Drop in the Ocean.” Four players are transported under water and brought face to face with the global plastic pollution crisis — from the perspective of the creatures that live in it.
When you’re under water in “Drop in the Ocean,” you will be stunned by the sheer amount of plastic that marine species encounter every day. In fact, by 2050, there will likely be more plastic in the ocean by weight than fish. Continue reading