Pregnant sperm whale found dead with 22 kg of plastic in stomach

Dead Pregnant Whale Found With 48 Pounds of Plastic in Stomach

Dead Pregnant Whale Found With 48 Pounds of Plastic in Stomach

Experts said the mother whale had been unable to digest calamari due to the huge amount of plastic it had ingested, filling two-thirds of its stomach. (22 kilograms) of plastic in her stomach.

Luca Bittau, president of the SeaMe group, told CNN the whale's carcass contained 'garbage bags. fishing nets, lines, tubes, the bag of a washing machine liquid still identifiable, with brand and barcode. and other objects no longer identifiable'.

That's not all that was inside her.

When veterinarians and researchers from Sassari and the University of Padua opened the malnourished young female whale, they discovered not only was she pregnant, but likely unable to nourish her fetus due to the unsafe amount of plastic she had swallowed - 22 kilogrammes of plastic plates, fishing nets, tarps, black trash bags and even a sack of detergent with the label still legible. "The fetus was in an advanced state of composition". Fully grown adult females reach up to 36 feet (11 meters) in length and weigh some 13 to 14 tons (11.7 to 12.7 metric tons), while adult males are far bigger, growing to 59 feet (18 m) long and weighing 35 to 45 tons (31.7 to 40.8 metric tons), according to the American Cetacean Society.

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Italy's Environment Minister Sergio Costa in a Facebook post said, "Are there still people who say these are not important problems?"

Sergio Costa said, "We've used the comfort of disposable objects in a lighthearted way in the past years and now we are paying the consequences".

To combat the phenomenon, the European Parliament last week approved a new law banning a wide range of single-use plastic products, including plates and straws, starting in 2021.

"The war on disposable plastics has started".

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