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Giant plastic whale shows problem of ocean pollution

The whale is made of plastic bottles and bags. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 10-metre long plastic whale has gone on display in Felixstowe in an attempt to highlight the growing problem of pollution in the ocean.

The exhibit has been made from things like bags and bottles and has been touring the country for the last couple of weeks.

The whale is made of the same amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean every second.

The campaign is hoping to encourage people to think more about how much plastic they use.

Therese Coffey, Suffolk Coastal MP, said: "I just want people to be encouraged to think about how they dispose of things.

"Not just when they're at the beach, but also putting stuff in the bin rather than perhaps their loo in order to make sure that plastics aren't necessarily going into the marine environment through the sewage system."

According to research by Sky Ocean Rescue, by the year 2050 there could be more plastic in the seas than fish.

By 2050 there could be more plastic and fish in the ocean. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey wants more people to think about how they dispose of their plastic waste.