A sea of rubbish as far as the eye can see.
It’s a world seven meters deep and several kilometers long moving slowly along the Caribbean coast of Honduras.
Video posted in the internet by a photographer raised the alarm.
Marine biologist Gustavo Cabrera says the tide of trash is killing nearly everything in its path.
This is an eco-cide caused by garbage carried by the Motague River in Guatemala.
There are 96 municipalities, especially 13 that don’t have trash dumped.
And a tributary river from the capital contributes to all this garbage.
Cochinos is the rubbish mountain, is blocking sunlight from the sea and affecting fishing grounds, coral reefs and mangroves.
Much of the garbage ends up here on a moor beach.
Hospital and agroindustrial residues are putting the lives of Hondurans in danger
Government leaders in Honduras blame neighboring Guatemala for the disaster.
The Guatemala government says both countries share the responsibility for cleaning up the mess.
Guatemala has promised to send the army to clean up the mess.
But the rubbish piling up on the beaches is already having an impact on communities along the shore.
Marlin Rivera says fishermen like him are unable to catch clean healthy fish
Look at my little boat, I can’t go far out in the sea to fish.
The trash is too close.
Roger Santos says the restaurant hotel he manages has fewer and fewer guests because of the filth.
We have less and less guests, because people want to see clean beaches. And we are losing money also because we’re spending a lot to clean up every day.
The hotel boss says the shore is a magnet for the trash.
Marine biologists say much of it is plastic, which can take more than 200 years to disintegrate.
And much of it is liquid and invisible, with experts unable to say how much damage is being done.