Guinness World Records acknowledges life-sized whale made of recycled plastic

Guinness World Records acknowledges life-sized whale made of recycled plastic

May 24, 2019
Press Release: Guinness World Records

Ocean pollution and the amount of plastic in the sea is an ever-growing talking point, and Monterey Bay Aquarium in San Francisco, California (USA) has found an inspiring and creative way to further highlight the issue

On Crissy Field, located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and within sight of the iconic bridge, visitors can find a massive whale made up of recycled materials – a structure that is now officially the world’s largest recycled plastic sculpture (supported).

The blue whale measuring 25.89m (84ft 11.6in) long, 8.07m (26ft 5.8in) wide and 4.2m (13ft 9.6in) high was set up on the green area for three months, with the record being verified in November 2018.

But when looking closely, they’ll see it is entirely made up of plastic bottles, re-used toys, and even milk jugs – symbolizing the dangers of plastic pollution to marine life. All of these were collected from the Monterey Bay area.

“Every nine minutes 300,000 lb of plastic – the weight of a blue whale – makes its way into the ocean,” said an aquarium spokesperson.

“To draw attention to this enormous problem, we built this life-sized installation to get the word out and educate people. It allows people to interact with the sculpture and experience the issue to scale.”

It was important to local artists Joel Dean Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova to make the sculpture as life-like as possible, so they ensured that the whale is scientifically accurate to the species.

They even went as far as sorting the trash themselves before starting the structure.

After creating a buzz in the media, the Monterey Bay Aquarium hopes to get people thinking about using more sustainable resources long term and encourage them to avoid using plastic materials that could harm ocean life.

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2019 will take place from Thursday 27 June to Friday 28 June, at the Kap Europa, Frankfurt Messe, Frankfurt, Germany. To register for this highly focused and solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email

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