Original by Amy Donohoe - Dublin news
There are growing concerns for the amount of pollution in the water surrounding Dublin after a seal was spotted on a mattress dumped in the sea off Dún Laoghaire. Harriet Donnelly, CEO of Flossie and The Beach Cleaners, took to social media to share the video last night.
The footage, taken at the weekend, shows the seal on a mattress and surrounded by other plastic waste at West Pier in Dun Laoghaire. “Sometimes you need to put a shocking image up on social media to get people to act and start helping,” Harriet said. “We’re always being flooded with images around the world of whales with fishing rigs stuck around their flukes. We have all of that happening on our front doorstep too. “The mattress is bad, but if you zoom into the video, the area is caked in polystyrene, there’s plastic everywhere. The easiest way to get it out is to tow the mattress back to land by boat. “The amount we clean up in Dublin Bay, what we witness and what we see, you can’t help but wonder how much pollution is affecting our marine life locally.” Flossie and the Beach Cleaners are passionate about saving the oceans and sea creatures from the ravages of plastic pollution.