The gray whales have the longest migration of any animal.  These majestic creatures spend most of their days swimming in the Pacific Ocean, making a 10,000-mile round trip from the Arctic to the Baja Peninsula each year.  They can live for 70 years.  That's what should be normal for whales; that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

The gray whales have the longest migration of any animal. These majestic creatures spend most of their days swimming in the Pacific Ocean, making a 10,000-mile round trip from the Arctic to the Baja Peninsula each year. They can live for 70 years. That's what should be normal for whales; that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

But not for one whale.  A young whale who needed to replenish its fat pad for the long trek.  Who stopped to refuel in Puget Sound during April of 2010.  Who ended up dying on the shores of Arroyo Beach, emaciated, with a gut full of garbage including over 20 plastic bags.  Who ended up not even living 1/10 of its anticipated lifespan.    Is this the legacy we leave to our children?  Whales dying on our beaches for our love of one-time use bags?

Norman the grey whale ended up dying on the shores of Arroyo Beach, emaciated, with a gut full of garbage including over 20 plastic bags.

We'd like to think not.  We'd like to think that small changes beget big differences.  That's why ReUsies is introducing Norman, the happy whale.  Norman is our tribute to the life that the Arroyo Beach Whale should have had.  A life where our oceans are clean, our rivers are pure, our parks are pristine and wildlife can lead a full life.  What we’d like to think a normal life of a whale should be, could be.

Photo: Oregon State University Marine Mammal Program Oregon Coast Whale Watching - of 101 Things To Do on the Oregon Coast Whal.

Win a Norman ReUsies Bag. Norman loves the idea of reducing plastic waste so much that he's asking everyone to make April 17 "No Plastic Bags For Lunch Day," with the chance to win a bag with him on it, just like the one in the photo.  Learn more at

Win a Norman ReUsies Bag. Norman loves the idea of reducing plastic waste so much that he's asking everyone to make April 17 "No Plastic Bags For Lunch Day," with the chance to win a bag with him on it, just like the one in the photo.

Win a Norman ReUsies Bag. Norman loves the idea of reducing plastic waste so much that he's asking everyone to make April 17 "No Plastic Bags For Lunch Day," with the chance to win a bag with him on it, just like the one in the photo.  Learn more at

Win a Norman ReUsies Bag. Norman loves the idea of reducing plastic waste so much that he's asking everyone to make April 17 "No Plastic Bags For Lunch Day," with the chance to win a bag with him on it, just like the one in the photo.

Norman (Normal Oceans Rivers Mountains And Nature) will be recognizing people and businesses who are making a difference.  From creating and using reusable snack bags and sandwich bags to cleaning up a campground to restoring wetlands.  You'll be seeing him around whenever he's happy with the work humans are doing to make the planet a happier one…for all animals. Follow Norman on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/normanthewhale

Norman (Normal Oceans Rivers Mountains And Nature) will be recognizing people and businesses who are making a difference. From creating and using reusable snack bags and sandwich bags to cleaning up a campground to restoring wetlands. You'll be seeing him around whenever he's happy with the work humans are doing to make the planet a happier one…for all animals. Follow Norman on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/normanthewhale

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