Plastic pollution in the ocean is a very complicated issue that had lead activist artists and scientist to team up hoping to make consumers aware of the trash, especially plastic floating in the oceans.
The above video showed two divers swimming off the coast of Bali and finding themselves surrounded by trash.
This is an image by artist Jorge Gamboa, titled, Tip of the Iceberg.
This is a profound image that first looks like an iceberg in the ocean, but with further investigation, it is a plastic bag that you would get at any deli or supermarket. The hidden iceberg is masking the more significant issue of marine garbage.
Image from Justin Hofman on Instagram (follow @justinhofman) shared with Monterey Bay Aquarium.
These video/images shocked me because here in the United States we have the infrastructure so that waste disappears almost immediately. I roll my trash cans to the curb, and in the wee hours of the morning, all trash gets whisked away. Not every country can afford the space to handle their accumulating trash like we are fortunate to do. I did some research on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a floating island of trash estimated to be the size of the state of Texas.
According to Sky Ocean Rescue, this giant whale was made from the same amount of plastic that enters the ocean every second. The whale is 33-foot-long and has been on display in London before touring around the country. It is made of bags, bottles, and straws and its goal is to encourage people to think about the amount of plastic they use.
This visual representation was a great idea because Greenpeace Philippines created a second beached whale, this time life-sized made of plastic pollution. This 50-foot art installation was on display at the Sea Side Resort in Naic, Cavite until May 14, 2017.
Here are a few more images:
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