A massive group of eco-friendly scuba divers have just set the Guinness World Record for the largest underwater cleanup.
Over 633 divers donned their wetsuits and masks last week at the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier in Florida so they could pick up all the fishing gear and plastic waste from the ocean floor.
Though the total amount of recovered garbage is still being calculated with experts expecting the number to grow, officials say that the cleanup resulted in at least 1,626 pounds of trash and 60 pounds of fishing line being recovered from the ocean floor – and city officials say that they will be recycling and disposing of all of the collected ocean waste accordingly.
This is the fifth annual ocean cleanup of the area that has been orchestrated by the Dixie Divers and Deerfield Beach Women’s Club. The previous world record for the largest underwater cleanup was set in Egypt back in 2015 with 614 divers – but the Florida divers says that they are simply happy to do their part in tidying up the sea.
“It doesn’t matter what happens today with the Guinness World Records,” Guinness adjudicator Michael Empric told the Sun Sentinel. “What really matters is that everyone is out there cleaning up around the pier and trying to improve the community.”
If you want to see the full photo gallery of the historic event, you can check out the Snap Photography website.
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