Dead Sperm Whales in the photo below are a result of human disregard for Marine life. We throw millions of tons of garbage in sea every day and the results are very disturbing.
Unfortunately 80% of the plastic that is discarded in the land ends up in the Oceans. The waste material is then consumed by Marine life. The results are devastating and saddening.
29 Sperms whales were found stranded on the Shores of North Sea in January 2017. The water there is too shallow for such huge animals. Scientists were very disturbed and shocked to see what was inside their stomach.
Dead Sperm Whales had stomachs full of plastic litter and other debris. One of the fish had a 13 meter long fishing net in its stomach. Another one had a 70 cm long plastic piece that is part of a car. (Source: Press release)
This shows that humans do not respect and care about other species sharing this planet. Overabundance of plastic in the oceans has resulted in extinction of many species which is alarming.
German minister of Environment states that:
These findings show us the results of our plastic-oriented society. Animals inadvertently consume plastic and plastic waste, which causes them to suffer, and at worst, causes them to starve with full stomachs.
Statement from Nicole Hodgkins (Whale and Dolphin Conservation):
Although the large pieces will cause obvious problems and block the gut, we shouldn’t dismiss the smaller bits that could cause a more chronic problem for all species of cetacean – not just those who suction feed.
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There have been many similar incidents in the past where different marine species were found dead with stomachs full of waste material. A young whale was found dead back in 2011 near Greek island of Mykonos. It’s four stomachs were dissected. There were nearly 100 plastic bags in it along with other pieces of debris.
Sadly the plastic was not that killed the whale, death was caused by heart failure. Scientists believe that the young whale was in search of squids and swam to the shallow waters and could not support it own weight. The result was collapse of internal organ contributing to its death.
A recent study which has mapped the total human impact on the seas for the first time has revealed that the picture is far worse than the scientists imagined. 40% of the world’s oceans have been heavily affected by human activities, including fishing, coastal development and pollution from shipping.
This kind of sad incidents will continue to take place unless we learn to respect other species sharing this planet with us.