A pregnant sperm whale washed up on an Italian coast with around 22kg of plastic in its stomach last week. The eight-metre mammal was found dead on a beach in Sardinian tourist spot of Porto Cervo with a foetus in its belly. The incident has once again brought kickstarted conversation on the effects of plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea that harms marine life. Incidents of whale beaching have been on the rise in the recent past. Most whales are found with tonnes of plastic waste in their stomach which mostly lead to their death.
Sergio Costa, Italy’s environment minister took to Facebook highlighting the issue of whale beaching and how people think it is a light issue. His post reads, “Are there still people who say these are not important problems? For me they are, and they are priorities. We’ve used the ‘comfort’ of disposable objects in a lighthearted way in the past years and now we are paying the consequences. Indeed the animals, above all, are the ones paying them.” Dead Whale in Philippines Had 40kg of Plastic Trash in Stomach, Activists Calls It ‘Worst Case of Poisoning’.
Dead whale that washed ashore:
The incident prompted the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) to yet again highlight the issue of plastic washed into ocean waters. Experts at the international NGO said that contents in the whale’s stomach included corrugated tubes, plastic plates, shopping bags, fishing lines, and even a washing detergent package. World Wildlife Foundation tweeted saying, “A pregnant whale carcass washed ashore in Italy with 22kg of plastic in its stomach. This is the 4th reported incident since November. We must act now to protect our precious marine life.” Dead Sperm Whale With 6kg Plastic Waste Inside Stomach Including Cups, Flip-Flops & Bottles Found in Indonesia’s Wakatobi National Park (See Pics)
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