Whale Washes Up Dead On Italian Shore After Eating 22kg Of Plastic

Christopher Davidson
April 5, 2019

The eight-metre mammal was found dead on a beach in Sardinian tourist spot of Porto Cervo with a foetus in its belly.

SEAME, a non-profit ocean conservation organisation based in Sardinia, told CNN that amongst the trash contained in the young whale's stomach, there were garbage bags, fishing nets, lines, tubes, and a bag from a washing machine liquid with the brand name still identifiable.

"She was pregnant and had nearly certainly aborted before (she) beached".

'The fetus was in an advanced state of composition'. "For me, yes, and they are priorities", Costa wrote, according to a translated version of the Facebook post.

"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".

Costa vowed that Italy will be one of the first nations to implement a new law passed by the European Parliament that bans a variety of single-use plastic items, such as straws, cotton buds and cutlery by 2021.

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In a post to his Facebook page, the politician said: "Marine litter afflicts the whole marine world, not just Italy of course, but every country in the world has the duty to apply policies to combat it". "The war on disposable plastics has started. And we won't stop here", Costa added.

Bittau said histological and toxicological examinations are now bering carried out by veterinarians in Padua, Italy.

Large volumes of plastic have been discovered in the stomachs of other dead whales, exemplifying the widespread problem of plastic polluting the world's oceans.

The whale, which was found dead last week, was said to have 20 kilos of plastic waste inside its stomach according to Italy's Minister of the Environment.

The Cuvier's beaked whale was found dead in the Compostela Valley earlier in March; an autopsy was carried out by staff from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Fishery Management Regulatory Division, led by marine biologist Darrell Blatchley, who owns D'Bone Collector Museum, and Dr Elaine Belvis where the shocking discovery was made.

Further tests were planned to pinpoint the cause of death but researchers indicated that plastic most likely played a role.

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