Plastic not fantastic: A whale of a problem

This giant "whale" in front of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Italy, is 10m long and is made up of 250kg of plastic waste. That is also the amount of plastic that goes into the ocean every second. Plasticus, as the "whale" is called, was
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This giant "whale" in front of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Italy, is 10m long and is made up of 250kg of plastic waste. That is also the amount of plastic that goes into the ocean every second. Plasticus, as the "whale" is called, was created to raise awareness of the problem of ocean plastic pollution. The installation is on display during the National Geographic Science Festival in Rome until Sunday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2018, with the headline 'Plastic not fantastic: A whale of a problem'. Print Edition | Subscribe