Whale Found Dead With 30+ Plastic Bags in Its Stomach
Original story at EcoWatch• 12 mentions • 7 months ago
EcoWatch 7 months ago
Norwegian zoologists have discovered some 30 plastic bags and other marine debris inside the stomach of a malnourished 20-foot Cuvier's beaked whale. The whale was an adult male that weighed about 2 tons. Local authorities were forced to euthanize the distressed animal on Jan. 28 after repeatedly stranding itself off the shallow waters of Sotra, an island near Norway's southwestern coast. After it was put down, University of Bergen researchers analyzed the whale's stomach and determined that the various non-biodegradable objects were likely the cause of death. "Our whale was emaciated; little fat and low weight. But its stomach was ...