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This morning.

Dollymount Strand, Dublin

TV Presenter Amanda Byram at the launch of Sky Ocean Rescue [a campaign to encourage people to reduce their single-use plastic use] with a giant plastic humpback whale named Poly . A survey has found that 85% of Irish people are concerned by Ireland’s plastic usage. What Sky has to do with any of this is a mystery that may never be solved.

Sky Ocean Rescue

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Photographer Franco Banfi‘s shot of a pod of sperm whales at rest, hanging together motionless and vertical in the water.

The whales do this for about 6-24 minutes at a time, exhibiting signs of REM (dream) sleep, an activity that accounts for 7% of their life.

The phenomenon was accidentally discovered by a team of UK and Japanese researchers in 2008.