Two Artists, A Whale, A Beach, and One Titanic Snarl of Plastic

When a dead sperm whale washed ashore in the Point Reyes National Seashore, scientists discovered that it had died of starvation. In a tragic irony, more than 450 pounds of fishing nets and other plastics scraps were extracted from this 51 ft. mammal. 
After the scientists had investigated, The Marine Mammal Center located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area asked Richard and Judith Lang if they wanted to create an art experience from the “eight boxes full of snarl” that was from the belly of the whale.
Ghost nets are one of the most pernicious pieces of debris in the ocean. Commercial fishing gear that have become untethered with floats at the top and weights at the bottom continue to fish until, in this case, they are swallowed by a 51-foot whale and are “Really not good for things that live in the ocean. 
"The Ghost Below" a multi-faceted exhibit opened in December 2012 to engage visitors and enlighten them about the perils of plastic in our oceans. 

The “Ghost Net Monster” a hulking and thought-provoking sculpture, proved to be so popular that it continues today to stand guard in TMMC center courtyard. Visitors can see, touch, learn and be inspired to make the ocean a healthier place for all. (TMMC is temporarily closed.)