Courtesy of Ocean Recovery Alliance, Malibu Foundation, Spectral Q with photos and video from Sean Bayliss, Danny and Alastair Gray in Hong Kong.

Over 800 children, teachers and volunteers brought back Lap Sap Chung, Hong Kong’s mythical cryptozoological creature – a legendary trash monster, in a message to the world that plastic pollution endangers marine animals and health of the ocean.

Lap Sap Chung, or Trashzilla, thrives on plastic trash, and his appearance in Hong Kong sends a reminder from our youth to stop littering our waters.

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