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Whale Naming Competition 

Child Friendly
Whale Sculpture Naming Competition
Start Date: 21 August, 2021
End Date: 25 August, 2021

It’s Competition Time!

Nature’s Valley Trust (NVT) is appealing to all youth (ages 8 – 18) living in the Bitou area to help name the exquisite whale sculpture recently assembled on Central beach. The winner of the competition will receive a free boat trip with Ocean Blue Adventures for one child and one adult guardian.

This sculpture, by Derek Saul, is helping to increase awareness on the global issue of plastic pollution and marine litter problems by providing a practical solution. It is made of galvanised steel, recycled tyres, and a range of marine debris such as lobster traps, and fishing-related items like rope and netting and houses a wheelie dustbin that can be removed for emptying. It stands almost 2.6m tall and roughly 1.8m wide and sits on a ‘selfie’ bench. If one looks into the sculpture, you will also find elements of common plastic items that pollute our waters, other marine debris, and fish traps from the sea.

This project formed part of our TMF small grants programme and was started by Fran Molloy. Fran and Derek have created something not only beautiful to behold but thought-provoking and functional for the community. This sculpture not only offers a practical solution to waste on our coastlines but does this in an interactive way which educates people on plastic pollution. The visceral act of putting ‘trash’ into a whale’s mouth really drives the message home.

If you missed the unveiling, you can watch it here:



To enter, please send your choice of name, school, and contact details via our Facebook messenger or Email Alternatively, you can call on 044 531 6820 and leave your name, school, contact details, and name of the sculpture.

The closing date for the competition is the 25th of August 2021. The winner will be chosen by a selected panel and notified by the 27th of August 2021. The winner will also be announced through the NVT Facebook and Instagram pages along with the newly selected name.