Tales of Saving Whales – Andrew F.

Tell us about yourself 
Hi, I’m Andrew Frost.

I run Turn The Tide Cornwall (extreme beach cleaner). Myself and my children are doing our best to make a difference.

Where did your whale love start?
My passion and love for whales started when I was only a few years old, I had a whale book, and with it came a cassette tape with recordings of whale sounds.

What current ocean conservation issue do you feel most strongly about?
Plastic pollution in our oceans is my biggest concern, Cornwall is situated so it picks up a lot of ocean pollution.
So much more needs doing to tackle this issue, and really really fast!

What have you changed in your life to help save whales? 
To help save the whales and all other marine wildlife, last year alone we (my children and I) cleaned 125 beaches, removing ghostnets, lobster pots, buoys and not forgetting the microplastics and general waste. This year we shall be organizing group beach cleaning, more people power to get the job done.

What advice would you give to others to take steps in their lives to help whales?
By reducing the plastic packaging and ridiculous plastic toys etc you will be making a difference. Or better still, go plastic free.
Join up with local groups cleaning and looking after where they live. Encourage others to do the same, litter picking can be fun.
Educate yourself and others, be the change you want to see in the world.
Go easy on your seafood consumption…. there’s bigger mouths to feed than our on this planet 🐋

I’m sadly not lucky enough to have seen a whale, but….. I have witnessed a basking shark breaching, and only one of a handful of people in the world to have seen it. I do believe it’s never been caught on camera. So super stoked about that.
Be kind! Be caring! Be sustainable!!

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