Search

Avast! Plastic whale beached off Bow

PUBLISHED: 16:27 05 December 2017

Measuring 10m long and weighing 250kg, the whale represents the amount of plastic entering our oceans every second. Picture: Bywaters

Measuring 10m long and weighing 250kg, the whale represents the amount of plastic entering our oceans every second. Picture: Bywaters

Bywaters

There she blows! There she blows! A hump like a rubbish hill, it’s the plastic whale!

Behold, Mobil Dick: a giant beast sighted off Bow.

The whopping 10 metre-long model has made a splash appearance in Twelvetrees Crescent as part of a campaign against plastic pollution.

It weighs 250kg, representing the bags, bottles and other throwaway things dumped in the oceans every second.

Dubbed Plasticus, the mighty mammal was made in part from plastic provided by River Lea recycling firm Bywaters.

It generated a wave of enthusiasm during its recent UK tour for Sky Ocean Rescue.

Plasticus is on display until Friday, when it heads to warmer climes and travels Europe.

Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and model Jodie Kidd revealed Plasticus earlier this year.

“I’ve explored some of the most remote and vast points of the world and yet still witnessed the reach of ocean pollution,” said Sir Ranulph.

Latest East London News Stories

23 minutes ago

A statue displaying the names of some of east London’s lesser known women’s rights campaigners was unveiled in Parliament Square this morning.

41 minutes ago

A singer from Bow who’s worked with Gary Barlow and Disney is releasing her debut single.

More than £100,000 has been raised in memory of a former Masterchef contestant who died after collapsing in Wapping during the London Marathon.

12:00

Old photographs and memorabilia about the Brady youth clubs that defined the Jewish community in Whitechapel and Spitalfields which lay hidden in an attic for 60 years have been uncovered and are going on show.

11:16

People are choosing to pay their satellite TV bills rather than feed their pets.

07:07

Life has settled for the once-immigrant Bengali community three generations down the road from having faced attacks and murder in the Whitechapel of the 1970s.

Yesterday, 12:29

Hundreds of pupils get a live performance from one of Britain’s pioneering orchestras when 75 musicians turn up at their school in Bromley-by-Bow tomorrow.

Yesterday, 12:01

A professional chef who appeared on Masterchef has died after collapsing in Wapping while running the London Marathon, organisers have confirmed.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now