Pregnant whale found had almost 50 pounds of plastic, garbage in stomach

Mindy Sparks
April 5, 2019

A pregnant sperm whale found dead on the coast of Italy had 48 pounds (22 kilograms) of plastic in her stomach, researchers said.

The dead animal, which was 26 feet (8 meters) long, washed up on a beach in the Sardinian tourist hotspot of Porto Cervo.

"She was pregnant and had nearly certainly aborted before (she) beached", Luca Bittau, president of the nonprofit SeaMe, told CNN.

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

The fetus found inside the whale was two metres-long and had likely already aborted before its mother died, as it was in an advanced stage of decomposition.

"Are there still people who say these are not important problems?" For me, they are priorities.

"We've used the "comfort" of disposable objects in a light-hearted way in the past years and now we are paying the consequences". Costa also pledged Italy would be one of the first countries to enact the European single-use plastics ban and appealed to the mayors of Italian cities and coastal towns to adopt the ordinances in advance of the 2021 law.

Costa announced this news on Facebook, adding "the war on disposable plastic has begun. And we won't stop here", Costa wrote in the post.

It hasn't yet been determined what exactly killed the whale - an official conclusion will be announced after a toxicological test and histological examination, according to CNN.

According to the World Wildlife Foundation, plastics are one of the deadliest threats to marine wildlife - with the group claiming around 500,000 tonnes of waste enters Europe's oceans every year. The plastic is believed to have caused the sperm whale to become malnourished, which then led to the loss of the fetus, ultimately causing the whale's death. Dead Whale in Philippines Had 40kg of Plastic Trash in Stomach, Activists Calls It "Worst Case of Poisoning".

D' Bone Collector Museum said in a Facebook post that plastic bags, including 16 rice sacks and multiple shopping bags, were in the stomach of a whale's dead body discovered March 16 in Philippines' Compostela Valley province.

The animal couldn't eat because of the plastic in its stomach, he said, adding that it was "the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale".

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