The Golden Trevally is easy prey to larger fish especially in their juvenile stages, hence they have found refuge in certain species of jellyfish which act as their protection from lurking predators. As if wearing a protective suit, they are able to travel the seas safely with the help of their jellyfish friends. But what was once a secure way of protecting themselves have now become jeopardized due to the presence of large amounts of plastic waste in the sea. I am not sure about the frequency of this but some Golden Trevally mistake plastic for jellyfish, they hide in the plastic not knowing that they are left unprotected, not only that but it also becomes a two fold danger as any lurking predator would be harmed when it preys on the travally together with the plastic. This is one of ways that plastic waste makes it way to the intestinal tracts of some fish which would most likely choke and eventually die. Is it too much if we were to reduce plastic consumption? Or if not reduce our usage, at least exercise proper waste disposal? It may seem small when done individually, but collectively it would make a great difference.
Author: As an underwater photographer, Cai is very keen in blackwater diving where he is able to explore different kinds of marine life. He is also fond of blackwater photography because for him, it is one of the mediums where in the wonder of these sea creatures are emphasized, as the stars shine brighter in the pitch black skies, the dark seas also give his photo subjects this unique glow that can only be attained in black waters. In the recent years, Cai’s work have been featured in various magazines and marine research books with some even winning awards in various international competitions.