As part of the Whale Tales project more than 150 school children learned about Driggsby, the Tullie House whale, and her underwater home. An important part of this project was for the children to understand the impact of human activity on the seas and the animals who live there.

Alongside Workington Nature Partnership each school cleaned part of the beach from Allonby to Seascale. During the beach cleans the children saw for themselves how much rubbish can be found on our coastline. They left with a greater understanding and appreciation for the environment and are keen to spread the message that, in their own words, “The ocean is not a bin!”

 

Plastic pollution fact file:

  • It is thought that Driggsby, the Tullie House Whale, died due to developmental complications due to plastic in her mother's milk.
  • 12 million tonnes of plastic are poured into the ocean every year (Eunomia, 2016)
  • About 5,000 items of marine plastic pollution are found per mile on UK beaches (Marine Conservation Society, 2016)
  • 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually (UK Government, 2018)
  • Plastic pollution has been forecast to grow by 60% by 2030 and to treble by 2050 (Centre for International Environmental Law, 2019)
  • Less than a third of all plastic in the UK is recycled (PlasticsEurope, 2020)