A life-sized harbour porpoise sculpture has been installed onboard DFDS’s King Seaways to mark the start of the 2016 marine wildlife mini cruise season.
The sculpture was created by artist-in-residence Izzy Moreau using items collected during a series of eight beach cleans by volunteers and schoolchildren, including at Cullercoats.
The ORCA team, local volunteers and DFDS collected up to 450kg of waste per beach clean session.
Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS, said: “We are pleased to have this new installation for the ORCA wildlife centre on King Seaways for this year’s season.
“The time and effort that has gone into its creation, from the beach cleans to Izzy’s work in the studio, is testament to how people in the local area value their beaches and sea.
“We’re committed to continuing our work around marine conservation with ORCA and hope to be able to educate even more of our passengers about marine conservation.”
Rachael Forster, ORCA community wildlife officer, said: “Our ongoing relationship with DFDS enables us to not only obtain valuable information around marine conservation on the North Sea but also share our knowledge and experience with DFDS passengers and people from the local community.
“It is important to note, however, that even though Izzy has made an impressive sculpture from beach rubbish, the reality is that it would take over 700 years before the materials used to make the porpoise would start to break down.”
Izzy said: “This has been a dream project for me as I am passionate about marine and animal conservation and have also been recycling materials for over 20 years.
“It has been a labour of love creating Deb (Debris) the Harbour Porpoise, who is made entirely from the rubbish collected on the beach cleans.
“I hope that she helps inspire those who see her on King Seaways to think about not only the wonderful animals who inhabit our seas but also how important it is to protect the marine environment in which they live.”
The marine wildlife mini cruise season offers those travelling with DFDS the chance to engage with this collaborative marine conservation charity initiative.
ORCA wildlife officers host special deck watches, educational talks and activities onboard King Seaways during the season, while return Marine Wildlife Mini Cruises start from £58pp based on two people sharing a cabin on the early booking offer.
To book your travel or for further information please visit www.dfds.co.uk or telephone 0871 521 5522.