Check Out This 82-Foot-Long Whale Made of Trash

It's to raise awareness about ocean pollution
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 12, 2018 5:21 PM CDT
Check Out This 82-Foot-Long Whale Made of Trash
Artist Joel Deal Stockdill, left, works on a blue whale art piece made from discarded single-use plastic at Crissy Field on Friday.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Artists are putting the finishing touches on an 82-foot-long blue whale made from discarded plastic that will be on display near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to raise awareness about ocean pollution, the AP reports. The Monterey Bay Aquarium said Friday a blue whale can weigh 300,000 pounds—about the amount of plastic scientists say enters the ocean every nine minutes. A 2015 study by Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer at the University of Georgia, found 9 million tons of plastic waste entering the ocean annually.

The sculpture created from plastic water bottles, lids, and bags by artists Joel Deal Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova will be publicly unveiled Saturday. It is located in Crissy Field, the heart of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is sponsored by the aquarium in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

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