Browsers may block some cookies by default. Click accept to allow advertising partners to use cookies and serve more relevant ads. Visit our privacy policy page for more information.
Source: Be the Sealution/YouTube

633 Scuba Divers Picked Up Trash From the Ocean Floor Together, Breaking a Guinness World Record


Get green news right to your inbox!

Cleaning up ocean trash should always be celebrated — but a few hundred scuba divers deserve a major celebration for their recent trash cleanup. As local Florida news outlet The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported, 633 scuba divers collected several thousand pounds of trash from the ocean floor on Saturday, June 15, breaking the Guinness World Record for the world's Largest Underwater Cleanup.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, a group of scuba divers organized by local organizations Dixie Divers and Deerfield Beach Women's Club headed to the ocean floor off of Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier in Florida, CNN reported. Guinness adjudicator Michael Empiric flew down from New York City to stand watch and monitor the record-breaking dive. Empiric clicked off each person by hand as they entered the water, and made sure that each diver stayed underwater for at least 15 minutes, which was the minimum time required, The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.