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Sperm whale washes up with 49 pounds of plastic in stomach

Sperm whale washes up with 49 pounds of plastic in stomach”

Her stomach was later found to contain shopping bags, plates and a box of washing powder, after she was found at Porto Cervo, in Sardinia, Italy. Firefighters hoisted the whale onto a truck and took it to an institution where a necropsy would be performed.

Her stomach contained "garbage bags ... fishing nets, lines, tubes, the bag of a washing machine liquid still identifiable, with brand and barcode ..." "But then when we opened the stomach and saw all the plastic we realized, yet again, we were bearing witness to this very worrisome, sad situation".

Another sperm whale died off the Italian island of Ischia, near Naples, last December with plastic bags and a thick nylon thread in its stomach, but plastic was not the cause of death.

Luca Bittau, president of the SeaMe group, said that the unborn baby appeared to have died before its mother washed ashore.

'She was pregnant and had nearly certainly aborted before (she) beached, ' he said. "The fetus was in an advanced state of composition".

The whale measured 26 feet (eight meters) in length.

Sperm whales consume around 900 kilograms of food a day, but it seems more and more plastic is filling up their stomachs instead.

Questo capodoglio è stato trovato morto a Porto Cervo in Sardegna: nella pancia aveva un feto e 22kg di plastica... C'è...

Sergio Costa, Italy's Minister of the Environment, addressed the country's disposable plastic problem in a Facebook post, calling for better policies to protect marine wildlife in Italy and around the world. "For me, yes, and they are priorities", Costa wrote, according to a translated version of the Facebook post.

Costa said the carefree way people have disposed of plastics for years has led to these animals paying the consequences. These are the 10 most found items on European Union beaches.

Ko Yung-chuan of the administration told Focus Taiwan that it wasn't clear if the ingestion of plastic was the direct cause of the whale's death.

Sardinia is a popular tourist spot and also a hot spot for whales. The whale was pregnant at the time of its death, according to officials, and a necropsy revealed nearly 50lbs of plastic waste in its stomach.

News of this sperm whale's death comes just two weeks after a juvenile male curvier beaked whale was found washed ashore in the Philippines with 88 lbs. of plastic bags in its stomach.

The organization said in 2017 that China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam have been dumping more plastic into the world's oceans that the rest of the world combined.



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