You would be forgiven for thinking this ‘dead whale’ was another tragic victims of the seas pollution problem, thankfully it isn’t.
This whale is an installation created by Greenpeace Philippines to raise awareness about the huge amounts of plastic that pollutes our oceans.
Although this whale was created using plastic from the oceans, this is the harsh reality for many other whales and sea creatures who have been killed because of overwhelming amounts of plastic – something really has to change.
The whale installation was unveiled on a beach in Manila, Philippines to remind locals and holidaymakers about the serious problem in the area.
The piece was given minimal promoting or advertising before it was revealed, which only added to the impact, many people thought that it was real upon first seeing it, highlighting just how close to reality it has come.
Greenpeace Philippines used mainly social media to get people talking about the whale, and the shocking impact it has on anyone who set foot on the beach meant that photos of it quickly got shared around the country and the whole world.
Creative director of the project Biboy Royong said that his idea was inspired by a shockingly similar event, in which a young 38’ long sperm whale was killed after ingesting huge amounts of plastic, fishing nets, hooks ropes and steel wire.
“we based its shape, color, texture, size and proportion on pictures of real beached whales,”
“We even chose to show a decomposing whale so we played more with the textures on its skin using plastic trash we have collected. We wanted to surprise the community in the area. For it to work, we had to carefully craft a realistic dead whale.”
Royong aimed to shock people, and he succeeded. Many people who saw the whale shared their horror and disgust at the notion, and it really got people thinking about how something needs to be done about the plastic issue.
“There was an environmental projection that by 2050, if we don’t stop polluting our waters, there could be more ocean wastes than marine life,”
After photos were shared on the Greenpeace Phillippines’ Facebook page, members of the public used the comments section to share their thoughts on the project, one user said it was the “Most disturbing thing that I have seen in my life!”
Greenpeace used the publicity of the whale to push their plastic agenda, they have called on “the ASEAN member states to take concrete measures against plastics pollution in the high seas.”