It’s an official Guinness Record        Photo: Mike Stocker, Sun-Sentinel

A group of 633 scuba divers near Boca Raton, Florida set a new Guinness Book of World Records world record for the largest underwater cleanup in the world.  Ahmed Gabr, a former Egyptian Army scuba diver, with a team of 614 divers in the Red Sea in Egypt in 2015, held the record previously.  While they don’t know how much trash was recovered, they were able to give the area surrounding a popular pier a thorough clean up. Diver and environmentalist RJ Harper, who helped recruit divers for the event, reported that the divers recovered 1,600 pounds of lead fishing weights alone, the result of years of anglers cutting bait, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  Harper says he hopes this event will inspire other communities to do the same.  We hope so too!

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