Marine Cemetery

Coordinates: 11°09′48″N 75°48′13″E / 11.163281°N 75.803560°E / 11.163281; 75.803560
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Marine Cemetery
Marine Cemetery at evening
11°09′48″N 75°48′13″E / 11.163281°N 75.803560°E / 11.163281; 75.803560
LocationBeypore beach, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
MaterialIron frames, plastic bottles
Opening date4 December 2019 (2019-12-04)
Dedicated toNine endangered water-dwelling species

The Marine Cemetery is an art installation located at Beypore beach in Kozhikode, Kerala, India dedicated to nine endangered marine and riverine species. It is made up of 2,000 plastic bottles that had been previously collected from the beach. It was opened in 2019.


The Marine Cemetery is dedicated to marine and riverine species which are endangered due to plastic waste, water pollution, climate change, and overexploitation. The installation is an awareness initiative.[1][2]

In November 2019, a team of about 80 volunteers cleaned up Beypore beach, and collected over 800 kg (1,800 lb) of plastic waste which they handed over to Kozhikode Municipal Corporation for recycling. 2,000 plastic bottles were left behind which were later used for building the installation.[1][2] The monument was made by Climate Activist Aakash Ranison & initiated by Jellyfish Watersports in collaboration with the Beypore Port administration, the authorities of Kozhikode district, and under the Clean Beach Mission of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.[3] It was opened on 4 December 2019, the World Wildlife Conservation Day, by S. Sambasiva Rao, District Collector of Kozhikode, and V. K. C. Mammed Koya, MLA for Beypore constituency.[1][2][4][5]


Nine markers

The installation has nine markers, each dedicated to an endangered marine and riverine species, built with plastic bottles encased in gravestone-shaped iron frames. Eight of these markers are 4 feet (1.2 m) in height, and are dedicated to the seahorse, parrotfish, leatherback sea turtles, eagle rays, sawfish, dugong, zebra shark, and the hammerhead shark. One of the markers is 6 feet (1.8 m) in height, and is dedicated to the endangered native freshwater fish species Miss Kerala.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Kozhikode's new marine cemetery is a call to action to save the world". Architectural Digest India. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "World's first marine cemetery unveiled in Kerala". Hindustan Times. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  3. ^ "This 'Marine Cemetery' in Kerala is Dedicated to Aquatic Life Killed By Plastic Pollution". News18. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Kerala gets world's first marine cemetery". ANI News. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Kerala gets world's first marine cemetery". CNBC TV18. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.