Pregnant whale dies after consuming nearly 50lbs of plastic trash

05 April, 2019, 04:12 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Sperm whale found dead in Sardinia was pregnant and had 22 kilos of plastic in stomach

Firefighters hoisted the whale onto a truck and took it to an institution where a necropsy would be performed. Experts at the global NGO said that contents in the whale's stomach included corrugated tubes, plastic plates, shopping bags, fishing lines, and even a washing detergent package.

"It was dramatic to find the fetus. we felt bad already at that point" marine biologist Mattia Leone told the Telegraph. "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".

A dead sperm whale that washed ashore in Sardinia had 22kg of plastic in its stomach, the Italian environment secretary has said.

"She was pregnant and had nearly certainly aborted before [she] beached", he added.

Luca Bittau, president of the SeaMe group, told CNN that the fetus was in an "advanced state of composition".


According to The Associated Press, the carcass of a 26-foot sperm whale washed up on Sardinia's northern shore on Thursday.

Italy's environment minister Sergio Costa shared an image of the whale on Facebook. For me they are, and they are priorities'. He added, "We have used in a light-hearted way the "comfort" of the disposable in these years and today we are paying the consequences, indeed they are paying above all the animals". Indeed the animals, above all, are the ones paying them, ' he continued. These are the 10 most found items on European Union beaches.

Dead pregnant sperm whale washed ashore in Sardinia. These exams should reveal an official cause of death. The World Wildlife Foundation is sounding the alarm over plastics in the Mediterranean Sea after an 8-meter-long sperm whale was found dead off Sardinia with 22 kilograms (48.5 pounds) of plastic found in its belly.

The Cuvier's beaked whale was found dead in the Compostela Valley earlier in March; an autopsy was carried out by staff from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Fishery Management Regulatory Division, led by marine biologist Darrell Blatchley, who owns D'Bone Collector Museum, and Dr Elaine Belvis where the shocking discovery was made.

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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