Most of the photos we have taken of the Ocean Imagineer feature some floating trash. It is NOT that we are trying to take picture of trash, it is that trash is part of the landscape/seascape at North Point.
The waters of North Point have been pretty dirty and smelly. A small cut can quickly become an infection over a few days.
A small cut on Cesar left knee became a staph infection that required an emergency surgery…
“Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, types of germs commonly found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. Most of the time, these bacteria cause no problems or result in relatively minor skin infections.”
Source: Mayo Clinic. Staph infection was diagnosed and confirmed after a sample from Cesar’s knee.
Staph infections - Symptoms and causes
Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, types of germs commonly found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. Most of the time, these bacteria cause no problems or result in relatively minor skin infections. But staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart.
To those who say that North Point water is clean, we invite them to take a swim in front of us in North Point water. We did. It was not a pleasant experience as we encountered several dead and inflated rotting floating animals, fishes and rodents in a single session.
But that’s the exact reason why we are motivated to do this project: to clean the waters of North Point, with the help of biodiversity. Especially filtering marine life.
Prof Alvaro Cassinelli jokingly compared working on the Ocean Imagineer to being on the “Raft of the Medusa” by Theodore Géricault (“Le radeau de la méduse”).
Next step: set up a biological experiment to measure which specie can survive in these waters and filter water the best.