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Trash buster Zaim, 8, is on a mission 

Zaim with his collection of rubbish and his sister’s dog, Lumen.

Eagle-eyed beachcomber Zaim Ebanks is a kid on a mission to clean up Cayman.

But the 8-year-old was left stunned after discovering a dead baby turtle in Styrofoam.

Zaim and his big sister Taura regularly take part in beach clean-ups countrywide.

It was during a recent trek on the beach near South Sound the schoolboy made the grim discovery.

“People can say cleaning up the beach is pointless,” Taura said. “However, for every piece of trash left behind, it makes life that much harder for something else.

“My 8-year-old brother, Zaim Ebanks found the dead baby turtle on the beach walk between South Sound Community Centre and Windsor Village. Aug. 19 8:15am.

“He showed it to me and I snapped a few photos with surrounding debris to illustrate a point.

“Recently, and prior to this experience, my brother and I participated in the Take 5 challenge hosted by the DoE and we hope the public will clean up after they use the beach and keep taking away debris from the shorelines as it affects animals both on land and in the ocean.”

Although the majority of trash on our beaches comes from items thrown overboard by boats, a lot is homegrown.

Beach clean-ups happen all across the country and inmates from Northward Prison regularly lend a helping hand.

For now, it seems Cayman needs a lot more Zaims.

“Zaim is big on exploring and loves finding things to share with others,” said Taura.

“As he grows, he’s learning the value of caring about the environment and the animals we’re lucky to catch a glimpse of.”

The dead turtle found on the beach. Credit: Taura Ebanks.

Trash facts

  • A tin can that entered the ocean in 1986 is still decomposing in 2036.
  • A plastic bottle that entered the ocean in 1986 is decomposing in 2436.
  • A glass bottle that entered the ocean in 1986 is decomposing in year 1,001,986.
  • Trash in the ocean kills more than one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles each year through ingestion and entanglement.
  • There are an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean.
  • 33 percent of plastic manufactured worldwide is used once, then discarded.

About Paul Kennedy

During a career that spans almost three decades, Paul has covered some of the biggest stories in the world for regional and national newspapers. A multi-award winning journalist and published author, he has worked for the past six years producing television news and documentaries in Cayman. Paul is also the host of a weekly football show. His dream story is to find a dog that can play piano.

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