Young whale found dead with 100 kilos of garbage in the stomach

A young sperm whale, who last week died after being stranded by the scottish island of the Isle of Harris, had a ball of waste at about 100 kilos in the stomach

Young whale found dead with 100 kilos of garbage in the stomach

A young sperm whale, who last week died after being stranded by the scottish island of the Isle of Harris, had a ball of waste at about 100 kilos in the stomach

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
03 December 2019 Tuesday 13:00
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Young whale found dead with 100 kilos of garbage in the stomach

A young sperm whale, who last week died after being stranded by the scottish island of the Isle of Harris, had a ball of waste at about 100 kilos in the stomach.

It showed the subsequent autopsy, according to the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS), which collects data about the animals that stranded at Scotland's coasts. They have posted a number of pictures of found on their Facebook page.

Also, Dan Perry, who manages the Facebook page Luskentyre Beach - Isle of Harris, where the purpose is to keep the local beaches free of garbage, has shared pictures of the dead whale's guts.

'In this whale's stomach was about 100 kilos marineaffald - a whole lot of plastic, including several pieces of net, knots of rope, plastic cups, bags, gloves, strips and tubes.", writes the organisation SMASS in their postings, as the CNN quote.

The guess that the large amount of waste has played a big role in the young whale's death, although, during the autopsy could not find evidence that the big lump of fiskeriaffald has blocked its guts.

'But this amount of plastic is terrible no matter what. It must have hindered digestion, and demonstrate yet again the damage marineaffald and lost or udsmidt fishing gear can have on the wildlife in the sea.

After the autopsy, it was not possible to transport the dead whale away. It is, therefore, now been buried on the beach. Employees of the coast guard, and several members of the local council helped both by the autopsy and the funeral.

Updated: 03.12.2019 13:00
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