A male sperm whale that is nearly an adult has died after it ran aground at Seilebost Beach in Harris, Scotland, with a 100kg “junk ball” in its abdomen,media reported. An autopsy on the whale by the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Programme is being carried out to try to determine the cause of death. Surprisingly, they found a large amount of garbage in the whale’s belly, including fishing nets, ropes, bags and plastic cups.
The group said in a statement that although no evidence could be found that the rubbish affected or blocked the sperm whale’s intestines. But this incident is yet another example of how marine litter and discarded fishing gear can be harmful to marine life.
On November 30, local coast guards and other personnel dug a large hole in the beach to bury the nearly adult whale.
Earlier, the Florida Turtle Rescue Agency had shown a small turtle with a slap and 104 pieces of plastic removed from it.
The Turtle Conservation Society also says more than 1 million marine animals( including mammals, fish, sharks, turtles and birds) die each year because of plastic debris in the ocean, and there may be 100 million tons of plastic in the world’s oceans.