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Special exhibition 2018 »Clotsam – Seaborne Messages of Clotted Flotsam«

The ocean covers 70% of the globe. Water has brought people together since the dawn of mankind, and the ocean currents determine the weather and winds across the globe.

The ocean currents also carry messages from the sea to our shores; sometimes in the form of treasure, other times in the form of marine debris.

Marine debris on the west coast of Denmark. Foto: KIMO

 

Roughly a century ago, we invented plastic. It is an amazingly cheap, durable, strong, flexible and waterproof material. However, it also takes between 100 to 1,000 years for a plastic bottle to degrade in nature. That is why plastic must be collected and recycled; it is an unnatural product that nature is not equipped to cope with.

In 2018, the Strandingsmuseum St. George will be highlighting the issue with the special exhibition »Clotsam- Seaborne Messages of Clotted Flotsam".

 

Plastic pollution of the oceans is a huge problem

The plastic in the oceans is not disappearing. It just dissolves into smaller and smaller pieces. The animals living in the oceans can easily confuse the plastic for food – and that can be fatal.

Here we see “the Peanut Turtle” from Missouri, USA. As soon as this adult turtle was discovered, it had the plastic cut from around it’s body, but it’s shell will be forever shaped as a peanut. Foto: Missouri Department of Conservation.

 

One of many hundreds of hermit crabs that now make their homes out of plastic debris washed up on Henderson Island. This plastic container is an Avon cosmetics jar. Foto: Dr. Jennifer Lavers fra University of Tasmania.

 

These Gannets use the plastic debris for building nests. That is pretty clever! Foto: Marlisco

 

The sea is wast and beautiful

We live on the Blue Planet. The oceans are wast, beautiful and full of life. We have furnished a corner of the exhibition where you can enjoy beautiful pictures of life beneath the surface.

At Strandingsmuseum St. George we are responsible for all marine archaeology on our area. Here we see our marine archaeologist Tine Verner Karlsen during a dive at a shipwreck. Foto: Heike Müller.