The wonderful thing about art is that it makes you look at the world in a different way. And since taking on the World Cetacean Alliance 'Untangled' project, I will never look at the beach in the same way.
We started our journey here on the promenade. All seems fine from far away looking down. Sea is glistening. Sun is shining.
Then we come across this. Ghost netting. Everywhere. All along the tide line of the beach. This is Saltdean in Brighton.
We walked for THIRTY SECONDS across the tide line. I timed it. And this is what I picked up. I put it next to the bin.
30 seconds of work. Geoffrey is very interested in eating it (as are many of the dogs that I spot on the beach being asked to 'drop'. Of course, if he does ingest this stuff, it puts him at risk of it getting stuck in his guts and doing really nasty things to him. So, even when the ghost netting is out of the seas, it's still putting animals and wildlife at risk.
We walk slightly further down the promenade and find another pile that some well-intentioned Brighton resident has placed away from the beach and next to the waste bins.
Once you've noticed this stuff, you can't un-see it. It's been a fascinating artistic experience to use it as an art material and tool, and to discover through the process the seemingly undending amount to which this rubbish is in our seas entangling our wildlife.
I urge you to go to the beach. Take 30 seconds out of your day and see what you discover...