Organized by the Bodrum Mariners Association, Bodrum Chamber of Marine Commerce and Bodrum Municipality, the cleaning project was held by four professional divers and 15 volunteer environmentalists on Saturday.
After one hour, the divers took out the objects lying deep in the sea, and put them on display, much to the surprise of tourists. There were blankets, plates, forks, knives, a hat, beds and placards.
Mehmet Baş, who worked several years as searching for sponge underwater, said that the water around Bodrum was cleaned for the first time in years. "People who make a living from the sea do not now its worth," said the 60-year-old. "They throw what they eat, what the drink and what they use into the sea. "It’s like a supermarket down there," he said. "There is nothing that you cannot find. I can’t see why people keep polluting the sea, while 99 percent of Bodrum locals are earning their lives from it."
The cleaning project will continue for six more weeks.