Have A Whale Of A Time

Yesterday the Sky Ocean Rescue plastic whale was a striking sight on Blackpool Promenade, one of ten dates in a nation tour.  But why was this ten metre whale made from plastic bags, bottles and straw on show.

More than 8 million tonnes of plastic pollute the world’s oceans every year.  If nothing changes, by 2050 the plastic in the sea could weigh more than all the fish. The plastic whale is made from the same amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean every second, and is travelling across the UK to bring this huge problem to life and inspire people to take action.  Blackpool was the sixth location on its tour, and it proved a very popular attraction on a busy Promenade.

If the plastic whale got you in the mood for trying to see the real thing there is a Whale and Dolphin Watch tomorrow (Thursday) at Rossall Point organised by the Wildlife Trusts Living Seas campaign.  Meet at the coastguard tower at 12.30.  Please note that the chances of seeing a whale are very slim indeed, but if the condition are right there is a real possibility of seeing dolphins, porpoises and seals as well as a variety of seabirds.  Experts will be on hand to point out everything on view.

Photograph courtesy of Amy Pennington

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