Recently, a male whale was found washed ashore on a Scottish Island with around 100 kilograms of debris inside its stomach and people all over the world are talking about the horrific situation we have on plastic pollution.
The male whale that was found had 220 pounds of ropes, gloves, bags, and nets inside its stomach.
Images of the sperm whale, which died at the Seilebost Beach on the Isle of Harris, the United Kingdom, were shared on the official Facebook page of the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme.
The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) is an organization that collects data on stranded marine animals around Scotland.
On their page, horrible images of the trash that was removed from the stomach of the whale were shared.
Authorities found chunks of plastic ropes, gloves, plastic bags, and nets.
CNN reported that a necropsy was performed.
SMASS could not confirm whether it was the plastic waste killed the whale.
SMASS did confirm that the plastic that was found inside the whale’s stomach could have compromised the whale’s digestion.
The official statement of SMASS said, “This amount of plastic in the stomach is nonetheless horrific, must have compromised digestion, and serves to demonstrate, yet again, the hazards that marine litter and lost or discarded fishing gear can cause to marine life.”
This incident shows how much we have to do in controlling the plastic waste that we produce.