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Massive plastic whale visits the West Country

A 10m Plastic Whale is made of single-use plastics recovered from UK oceans and plastic streams. Photo: Credit: PA

Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Jodie Kidd, in partnership with Sky, have launched a plastic whale to raise awareness on the issue of ocean health.

The whale has been touring the UK and was in Newquay, Cornwall on Thursday 17 August and visiting Instow in North Devon today.

After being unveiled in London, the plastic whale has been touring the UK for 15 days, visiting iconic beaches. Credit: PA

The 10m plastic whale is made of single-use plastics recovered from UK oceans and plastic streams.

After being unveiled in London, the plastic whale has been touring the UK for 15 days, visiting iconic beaches, including Newquay and Instow.

By 2050, it is predicted that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

87%
of British people are concerned by the UK's plastic consumption.

The Plastic Whale

The whale is made of plastic recovered from UK oceans, beach cleans and local recycling plants.

It has been constructed by recycling experts and material management company Bywaters.

Plastic - The Facts

13
billion single-use plastic bottles are sold in Britain each year (an average of 200 per person)
1/3
of fish in the English Channel have been found to have microplastics inside them
35
million plastic bottles are used every day in the UK
40%
of all plastic in Europe is only used once
80%
of the plastic pollution in the ocean comes from us on land
Jodie Kidd unveiled the whale in London earlier this month. Credit: PA