When Rob Arnold and a dozen volunteers picked up some six million pieces of plastic debris in a single day from a beach near his home in Cornwall in Southwest England recently, much of it had been floating in the ocean for up to twenty years — like little plastic flippers from the great Lego spill of 1997.
He posted a photo gallery on his Facebook page and by Saturday the images had gone viral, via reddit.
“Yeah, it’s got a bit nuts hasn’t it?” Arnold tells Inverse of the reaction to the photos he posted on Facebook. “It’s taken me by surprise really. It was just something I’ve been sort of working away at, plugging away at, and I thought, ‘I’ll just put it on, someone might be interested.’”
Arnold, 59, is a Cornwall native who remembers the Lego pieces showing up on the beach in 1998 on walks with his son. …