Tavaha – Plastic Whale

In 2016, we received funds from Plastretur’s Environmental Project to build a humpback sculpture made of marine sedimentation in Tromsø. The descent of the whale was on May 16 and is now in the center of Tromsø. It stands there with the body full of trash and old car tires. Tavaha whale is about Seven feet long, a little bigger than a newborn humpback whale. It is very visible, a little sad, but also beautiful.


Placing the whale outside was a conscious choice. We not only want as many as possible to see the sculpture, but also that they see how much it can withstand. That the plastic will not disappear even if it is exposed to rain, snow, wind and sun. We wanted people to understand that plastic is a resource, not garbage. That it can be reused up to ten times before it loses its properties. That we must avoid unnecessary plastic use and reuse what we already have.

In addition, we wanted to focus on naval exploration in the Arctic, an area known for its unique, beautiful and clean nature.

Due to ocean currents, naval landing does not know any boundaries. Even in places like the Arctic, with few or no people, one can find large amounts of plastic waste.

The North Atlantic Stream and the Norwegian Coastal River transport naval sewage from south to north, up to the Arctic waters, leading to accumulation of waste in the Barents Sea and Svalbard. Also, the melting of the Arctic liberates plastic particles in the ocean, as the Arctic ice has acted as a large plastic depot in the last decades.

We know about five marine sediment guns in the ocean. A sixth kid is expected to form in the Barents Sea and may be in the early stages of the formation.18519590_10158856349905093_7018889434652226566_n

Polar waters support highly productive marine food chains which are the basis for the fishing industry and unique wildlife. The rubbish that floats in the Arctic is particularly harmful to seabirds who graze on the sea surface. However, there is plastic marine siphoning throughout the marine food chain, from fish and mussels to marine mammals such as seals and whales.

That’s why, Nordic Ocean Watch in Tromsø is working to get out plastic wetting rules that help ordinary consumers, businesses, schools, etc. to prevent more plastic ending up in the oceans;

  1. Be preparedBring shopping bags
  2. Good habits are top – bring cutlery and cup
  3. Pant for plankton
  4. Say no to microplate
  5. Look down and pick up
  6. Even if it is sorted – do not think packedPlastic is a resource – not garbage


See also the news about the eviction:

NRK Nordnytt:

NRK Dagsrevyen:



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Model of how the sculpture should look.


Inspirational source – humpback whale outside Kvaløya in Tromsø.


Rubbish collection from the outside with Bo Eide from the Clean Coast.