Life-sized plastic whale to raise ocean pollution awareness

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artists are putting the finishing touches on an 82-foot-long (24-meter-long) blue whale made from discarded plastic that will be in display near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to raise awareness about ocean pollution.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium said Friday a blue whale can weigh about 300,000 pounds — about the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean every nine minutes.

The sculpture being created from plastic water bottles, lids and bages by artists Joel Deal Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova will be unveiled to the public on Saturday.

It is located in Crissy Field, the heart of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

It is sponsored by the aquarium in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

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