Although human garbage is always a problem for sea creatures, this time a ring was thrown into the sea made a fish “the richest fish in the world”!
Human litter entering the oceans and seas is a global problem, and unfortunately for wildlife, our circle-shaped garbage seems particularly “successful” in wrapping around living things. Usually, in these cases, the culprit is the plastic that is thrown away. The fact that it is durable enough and can sometimes swim in the ocean for an alarming period also stands out for increasing this problem. But the fate of a fish on the shores of Norfolk Island proves that sometimes those who interfere with marine life have “treasures”, not human litter.
Norfolk Island is an outer region of Australia located in the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and New Caledonia. Resident Susan Prior, a freelance writer, and editor, regularly posts about interesting things seen on the island, including a “fish wearing a wedding ring,” which she promoted in a recent blog. In February 2021, Prior showed some fish that shared a similar fate, but the “collars” of those fish were made of plastic.
Writing about “these rings found in plastic juice and milk bottles,” he wrote that sometimes these rings are mixed with nature and have sad consequences. It’s very easy for fish looking for food by mixing sand to turn themselves around with the noses of a ring or hair buckle, Prior said, reminding them that removing these rings from the bottle and tearing them off before throwing them in the trash is a simple but effective measure.
Seeing a new fish wrapped in the garbage was undoubtedly frustrating for Prior, but when he looked closer he realized it was a slightly different story: “This looked like a bright metallic gold with much fewer algae growth than plastic ones. I remembered that someone posted the wedding ring of a great man who disappeared in the bay earlier this year on our local community social media pages, so I decided to find the possible owner. It didn’t take long for my suspicion to be confirmed; Now we have a poor fish, heavy with someone’s (expensive) gold wedding ring.”