Mesmerizing Mermaid Photos Reveal Awful Truth About Our Oceans

This story is part of a series on ocean plastics.

Artist Benjamin Von Wong is drawing attention to an ugly problem with some beautiful pictures.

Von Wong’s mermaid photo series, which he staged and shot last year, features a woman dressed as a mermaid, drowning in thousands of plastic bottles. By visualizing the massive problem of ocean plastics pollution, Wong is hoping the series will get people to take action.

“I really wanted people to realize that within their lifetime, they would be personally responsible for generating 10,000 plastic bottles of waste,” Von Wong told

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