This photo was posted by photographer Justin Hofman on Instagram, with permission to share.
“It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it. What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little sea horse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This sea horse drifts along with the trash day in and day out as it rides the currents that flow along the Indonesian archipelago.
“It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it.”
~ Justin Hofman, photographer
“This photo serves as an allegory for the current and future state of our oceans. What sort of future are we creating? How can your actions shape our planet?
“Thanks to @eyosexpeditions for getting me there and to @nhm_wpy and @sea_legacy for getting this photo in front of as many eyes as possible. Go to @sea_legacy to see how you can make a difference. ”