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10-metre plastic whale unveiled in Cardiff

Former Olympic rower James Cracknell unveiled the whale. Credit: Sky Ocean Rescue

A 10-metre whale - made from plastic recovered from the ocean, beaches and recycling plants – has come to Cardiff as part of its UK tour.

The whale is at Cardiff Bay encouraging the public to make changes to their plastic consumption. More than eight million tonnes of plastic pollution continues to enter the ocean globally every year.

A survey by Sky Ocean Rescue found that Brits are concerned by the UK’s plastic usage and 70% of respondents from Wales are willing to see a similar 5p plastic bag ‘charge’ applied to other single-use plastics such as straws, bottles and cups.

The research highlights a growing awareness around the issue of ocean health and a desire from the Welsh public to see behaviour change.

The whale is made of plastic bags, bottles and other single-use plastics pulled from the ocean, beach cleans and local recycling plants.

Marine litter is a man-made issue that has a devastating impact around the world. The positive news is that we can all play a part in changing this. At Keep Wales Tidy we’re reaching out across the globe through international programmes such as Eco-Schools and Blue Flag; we’re working with Welsh Government and partners across all sectors to implement a marine litter action plan; and we continue to support thousands of volunteers each year to take practical action in their communities. We are delighted to be part of Sky Ocean Rescue’s Plastic Whale Tour, which shows the scale of the issues, we know that we all need to work together to make a real and lasting difference to our marine environment.

– Lesley Jones, Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive