Pregnant whale found dead with 20 kilos of plastic inside

The sperm whale was found washed up on the Italian island of Sardinia

The sperm whale was found washed up on the Italian island of Sardinia

A pregnant sperm whale found dead on the coast of Italy had 48 pounds (22 kilograms) of plastic in her stomach, researchers said.

The 26-foot-long carcass appeared on a beach in Porto Cervo, a seaside resort in northern Sardinia, last week, CNN reported.

Among the things found in the mammal's stomach were "garbage bags. fishing nets, lines, tubes, the bag of a washing machine liquid still identifiable, with brand and barcode".

"She was pregnant and had nearly certainly aborted before [she] beached", he told CNN.

The fetus was in an advanced state of composition, according to Bittau.

Sergio Costa, Italy's Minister of the Environment, took to Facebook to remark on the problems associated with plastic pollution, and assured Italian citizens that Italy will be one of the first country's to implement the European Union's ban of single-use plastics, which was voted on late last week. For me, they are priorities. He added, "We have used in a light-hearted way the "comfort" of the disposable in these years and today we are paying the consequences, indeed they are paying above all the animals".

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The European Parliament has already approved a new law banning many single-use plastic products starting in 2021. 'The war on disposable plastic has begun. "And we won't stop here", Costa wrote in the post.

Italy's environment minister, Sergio Costa, lamented the whale's death and said he planned to propose a new law this week to limit the use of plastics.

Sperm whales consume around 900 kilograms of food a day, but it seems more and more plastic is filling up their stomachs instead. Dead Whale in Philippines Had 40kg of Plastic Trash in Stomach, Activists Calls It "Worst Case of Poisoning".

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.

WWF said plastic is one of the greatest threats to marine life and has killed at least five other whales that had ingested large amounts of it over the last two years from Europe to Asia.

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