Weekly Photo Challenge: DISTORTED
The intense afternoon sun flickers on the water. Ten minutes of paddling from Chindonan Island we arrive. Above the water we watch as hundreds of tiny bait fish skip across the water chased by hungry swordfish. Splashes of moving colour entice us to look down. Masks and snorkels on, we slip into the water and are quickly intoxicated by the small but beautiful coral reef. It teems with exotic fish of all kinds.
This small reef is a DISTORTED view of the true health of the coral reefs in the Philippines. Only a tiny percentage of the coral that’s found near shore is in excellent condition. Human impact (dynamite fishing, cyanide fishing, irresponsible tourism) and environmental stresses (global warming) has damaged the rest. All is not fine is paradise.