In this episode, a seasoned sailor is searching for an elusive sea creature named Moby Ick, a legendary whale made entirely of plastic waste.
Moby Ick is a living marine garbage patch, like the Great Pacific garbage patch, a large floating mass of human refuse which has gathered near the center of the Pacific. The trash has been swept together to one location by the circular motion of the Pacific Ocean’s currents. The Great Pacific garbage patch is a serious problem for the aquatic animals like fish and seabirds because the plastic in the water is ingested by these animals causing health complications, the trash can trap or entangle them, and also when the plastic breaks down, it can cause toxicological threats for these animals. The Great Pacific garbage patch is also harmful to humans because it reduces our limited resources of food in the ocean by killing or trapping many aquatic species before they can be caught.
When the sailor finds Moby Ick, he readies an unusual tool to catch the whale with. The tool he uses is a trash grabber. This tool is used by volunteers to pick up garbage found on the ground without putting unnecessary strain on the back. That is when it is revealed that the old sailor is just a boy pretending to be a sailor. The boy is picking up trash next to the local creek and he convinces his friends to help him.
It is important to pick up trash to keep the creeks, rivers and other waterways free of waste because if it is not picked up, a lot of trash will end up in the ocean. The same goes for curbsides and sewers, when someone litters on the sidewalk, the trash can easily get kicked or blown off the curb and through a storm drain which drops the trash into a storm drain tunnel. Storm drain tunnels are an underground network of tunnels, separate from the sewer, that lead rainwater back to the nearest large body of water like a lake, river or bay. Storm drain tunnels usually do not flow through any water processing systems so no trash will be removed from the water when it comes out of the tunnel. This means that when trash is left on the sidewalk, there is a good chance that it will end up finding its way into the ocean. Click here to learn more from the Environmental Protection Agency about how trash gets into the ocean, what happens when trash gets to the ocean and what you can do to keep your trash from ending up in the ocean.
Director: David Chai
Producer: Maaike Scherff
Editor: Keith Silva
Intro by: Mark Wanninger & Michael Salmassian
Cast: Tom Austin, Colton Davis, Maddie Julyk & Ashlyn Lardinois
Story: Chelsea Holt
Backgrounds: Yuriko Oto
Film Crew: Olivia Asis, Mike Cascino, Crystal Cheng, Christina McKinley, Maaike Scherff & Mark Sho
Filmed at: Dwight Bentel JMC Studio