Sick Whale Found To Have ‘THIRTY Plastic Bags’ Blocking Its Stomach

Zoologists in Norway say a beached whale found off the country’s western coast earlier this week had more than 30 plastic bags inside its stomach.
Later, the whale was given to the University of Bergen, where researchers studied its remains. Plastic bags from several countries were found in its stomach. “Animals inadvertently consume plastic and plastic waste which causes them to suffer and at worst, causes them to starve with full stomachs”.The Cuvier’s beaked whale was put down by wardens at the weekend.He added: ‘The findings are not surprising, but clearly it is sad to discovered such large quantities’. An autopsy showed the whale’s intestinal system to be completely empty – suggesting starvation.Attempts were made to chase the whale back into the sea when it beached but it had to be shot after all attempts failed. The mammals do not normally range in Norwegian waters.It is believed it may have mistaken the plastic bags for squid.

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A 2013 report from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that 20 million tons of plastic litter winds up in the ocean each year.Previous year the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum predicted there will be more plastic, measured in weight, than fish in the sea by 2050.The Daily Mail has always been campaigning for tough action to reduce plastic bag waste.The plastic – as well as candy wrappers, smaller bread bags and other garbage- was discovered during the necropsy.

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