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“Dead Whale” Of The Philippines Reminds Us That Ocean Pollution Is Getting Out Of Control
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“Dead Whale” Of The Philippines Reminds Us That Ocean Pollution Is Getting Out Of Control

Last Thursday, a “dead whale” shocked thousands on social media. The a real-life billboard of a beached blue whale made of plastic was a collaboration between Greenpeace and Dentsu Jayme Syfu to increase awareness on ocean pollution.

It was inspired from the 30 beached whales found in the shores of Europe just last year. One of them was found in the Philippines last December in Samal, Davao.

This massive 73 ft. x 10 ft. installation made of plastic wastes found in the ocean was made by the creative team and local artists to ensure the realistic effects of every detail and texture—the slimy innards sprawling out of its underbelly which composed of plastic bags, remains of plastic containers, sachet, bottles and more.

It was unveiled on the morning of May 11 in the Sea Side Beach Resort of Naic, Cavite. Pictures and videos of the “dead whale” immediately went viral on social media especially amongst people mistaking it for a real whale.

The conversation online was timely as May is the month of the ocean and Philippines was the chair of this year’s ASEAN Summit. Greenpeace took the opportunity to use that as a call for ASEAN environmental leaders to take concrete measures against Plastic Pollution.

In a span of 24 hours, the online petition garnered 3,000 signatures from 300 and various media outlets from the Philippines and around Asia picked up the story.

The dead whale installation is the perfect symbol of our ocean’s impending doom from plastics pollution, predicted to outweigh marine life by 2050.

Sign the petition now and help #RefusePlastic.

More info: bataris.org.ph

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robotunicornpoop
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5 years ago

For people who didn't read the caption: the whale is not real. It's an art installation to increase awareness.

Anne Madag
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5 years ago

Hi, I'm from Philippines, for those who didn't know, many rare fish founded in any seashore and sea side in any provinces in our country not only that, some provinces and cities also was hit also of earthquake. You can check those rare fish here and other information about in our country. http://www.olanap.com/02/24/2017/news/latest/the-big-one-philippines-rare-sea-creatures/

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Lynn Lee
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5 years ago

"Made with PLASTIC"

Nancy E
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5 years ago

How about the island of garbage supposedly larger than France . There are many garbage patches out there ,& , National Geographic has printed that a lot of the debris are plastic water bottles. Either recycle or quit buying bottled water

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robotunicornpoop
Community Member
5 years ago

For people who didn't read the caption: the whale is not real. It's an art installation to increase awareness.

Anne Madag
Community Member
5 years ago

Hi, I'm from Philippines, for those who didn't know, many rare fish founded in any seashore and sea side in any provinces in our country not only that, some provinces and cities also was hit also of earthquake. You can check those rare fish here and other information about in our country. http://www.olanap.com/02/24/2017/news/latest/the-big-one-philippines-rare-sea-creatures/

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Lynn Lee
Community Member
5 years ago

"Made with PLASTIC"

Nancy E
Community Member
5 years ago

How about the island of garbage supposedly larger than France . There are many garbage patches out there ,& , National Geographic has printed that a lot of the debris are plastic water bottles. Either recycle or quit buying bottled water

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