These ocean debris artworks will blow your mind


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One man’s trash…

Washed Ashore is hoping to teach people about marine debris and plastic pollution through epic, giant artworks of sea creatures … all of which are made from, you guessed it, ocean garbage.

According to Washed Ashore’s website, the organization works with artists and scientists to educate the public on how consumer habits can cost sea creatures their habits, homes and even their lives. They hope to teach exhibit-goers that “every action counts.” The traveling exhibit has been on display at the U.S. State Department, United Nations, The Smithsonian National Museum’s Ocean Hall and more. You can learn more about Washed Ashore’s mission online.

Check out some of Washed Ashore out-of-this-world, large-scale sculptures and wall pieces below!

Greta The Great White Shark2 / 42


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Greta The Great White Shark

This great white shark seems even more, well, great, when you remember it’s made from debris from the ocean!

Gertrude the Penguin3 / 42

Gertrude the Penguin

The detail on this giant penguin named Gertrude is stunning!

Blue Sea Jelly4 / 42

Blue Sea Jelly

This gigantic jellyfish is larger than life!

Sea Turtle Ocean5 / 42

Sea Turtle Ocean

This colorful turtle was created against the backdrop of its very own ocean, complete with algae and a jellyfish friend!

Whale Ribs6 / 42

Whale Ribs

The Whale Ribs arch is a popular attraction since visitors can walk through it and marvel and the craftsmanship from both inside and outside the arch.

Priscilla the Parrot Fish7 / 42

Priscilla the Parrot Fish

Priscilla the Parrot is a colorful feat that will surely capture your attention.

SeeMore the Sea Lion8 / 42

SeeMore the Sea Lion

SeeMore offers viewers a rather realistic depiction of a sea lion, considering it’s made completely from sea rubbish.

Flash the Blue Marlin9 / 42

Flash the Blue Marlin

This blue marlin artwork is one of many from Washed Ashore that is sturdy enough to be displayed outside!

Octavia the Octopus10 / 42

Octavia the Octopus

The magnificent red octopus truly shows off how garbage can be turned into a work of art.

Chompers the Shark11 / 42

Chompers the Shark

This giant shark comes with its own patch of sea algae, coral and more!

Stanley the Sturgeon12 / 42

Stanley the Sturgeon

You almost won’t believe this sturgeon is made from garbage; it looks so realistic and life-like!

Rosa the Bald Eagle13 / 42

Rosa the Bald Eagle

This patriotic bald eagle stands tall with its wings outstretched to the sky.

Gumdrop the Jellyfish14 / 42

Gumdrop the Jellyfish

One of many jellyfish made through Washed Ashore, this gumdrop jellyfish stands tall over a bed of colorful sea coral.

Sebastian James the Tufted Penguin15 / 42

Sebastian James the Tufted Penguin

The tufted penguin’s hair truly does look like, well, hair! And its orange eyes, beak and feet stand out against its black coloring.

Rufus the Trigger Fish16 / 42

Rufus the Trigger Fish

The blue and orange trigger fish floats atop some algae and rope.

Daisy the Polar Bear17 / 42

Daisy the Polar Bear

You’ll fall in love with this adorably cute polar bear named Daisy!

Hugo the Humpback Whale Tail18 / 42

Hugo the Humpback Whale Tail

This whale tail statue really shows off just how big the whale is!

Grace the Humpback Whale Tail19 / 42

Grace the Humpback Whale Tail

Hugo isn’t the only humpback on display! Meet Grace, who has an equally impressive and artistic tail.

Sylvia the Silvertip Shark20 / 42

Sylvia the Silvertip Shark

The silvertip shark is showed off through this model made entirely of ocean debris.

Maggie & Charlotte, the Adelie Penguins21 / 42

Maggie & Charlotte, the Adelie Penguins

This heartwarming depiction of two penguins will almost make you forgot about the fact that they’re made from trash found in the ocean.

Edward the Leatherback Turtle22 / 42

Edward the Leatherback Turtle

Edward “swims” with a jellyfish in this colorful ocean display!

Natasha the Turtle on a Wave23 / 42

Natasha the Turtle on a Wave

Natasha hopes you think twice about littering as she catches some waves!

Brody the Adelie Penguin24 / 42

Brody the Adelie Penguin

With its flippers outstretched, Brody stands tall over visitors.

Lidia the Seal25 / 42

Lidia the Seal

This happy seal sits on a bed of colorful items found deep beneath the ocean’s surface.

Zorabelle the Rockhopper Penguin26 / 42

Zorabelle the Rockhopper Penguin

Zorabelle is one of man penguins on display at Washed Ashore’s traveling exhibits.

Finn the Mako Shark27 / 42

Finn the Mako Shark

Finn looks like it’s practically swimming in this extravagant sculpture.

Leo the Jellyfish28 / 42

Leo the Jellyfish

Leo is so tall that we couldn’t even capture its whole body in one photo!

Creamsicle Jellyfish29 / 42

Creamsicle Jellyfish

Creamsicle’s tentacles are both impressive and elegant!

Marigold Jellyfish30 / 42

Marigold Jellyfish

Marigold is a colorful jellyfish made with primarily yellow, orange and white debris.

Blackberry Jelly31 / 42

Blackberry Jelly

This blackberry jellyfish is another massive sculpture made for Washed Ashore’s traveling exhibits.

Nora the Salmon32 / 42

Nora the Salmon

This epic salmon swims on a sea of vibrant blue water, complete with white foam on top of the wave it’s swimming on.

Giacometti the River Otter33 / 42

Giacometti the River Otter

This adorable river otter stands on a bed of rock with flowers and algae peeking out of its crevices.

Angus the Cowfish34 / 42

Angus the Cowfish

Angus is made out of vibrant yellow debris and floats on top of a bed of algae.

Cleo the Clownfish35 / 42

Cleo the Clownfish

This clownfish stands out against a pastel-colored sea anemone.

Bella the Angelfish on a Coral Reef36 / 42

Bella the Angelfish on a Coral Reef

Bella the blue angelfish certainly looks angelic on top of this vibrant coral reef!

Flip Flop Fish37 / 42

Flip Flop Fish

Flip Flop is one of many artworks designed to be displayed on the walls of Washed Ashore’s exhibit spaces.

Fish Bite Fish #238 / 42

Fish Bite Fish #2

Fish Bite is a green and blue artwork displayed on a exhibit space’s wall.

Stella the Seahorse39 / 42

Stella the Seahorse

Stella is a green, white and yellow seahorse with features made from various pieces of ocean debris, including brooms, mops and combs.

'American' Sea Star40 / 42

‘American’ Sea Star

This patriotic sea star is made out of, you guessed it, pieces of red, white and blue ocean trash.

The Plastic Tribe41 / 42

The Plastic Tribe

These incredibly detailed masks almost look like they’re straight out of a museum, but they’re actually straight out of the ocean!

Like what you see? You can learn more about the artwork and where they’re visiting next on


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Kaitlyn Farley

Kaitlyn is MediaFeed’s senior editor. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, specializing in social justice and investigative reporting. She has worked at various radio stations and newsrooms, covering higher-education, local politics, natural disasters and investigative and watchdog stories related to Title IX and transparency issues.