He died a painful death. Nearly 150 kg of garbage found in the stomach of a beached whale (photo)
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The once majestic 14-meter male jumped out of the ocean off the coast of Nova Scotia and slowly dying on the shore.
Today, there is an acute problem of garbage, which litters not only the land, but also the ocean. A 14-meter male sperm whale that washed ashore off the coast of Nova Scotia was another reminder of this, writes the Daily Mail.
It is known that the incident occurred on November 4th. Members of the Canadian Wildlife Conservation Cooperative tried to save the animal, but, alas, the sperm whale looked emaciated and died a slow and painful death on the shore.
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After the death of the animal, the employees of the cooperative performed an autopsy and found about 150 kilograms of compressed garbage in the stomach of the sperm whale. According to Tony Wimmer of the Marine Animal Society (MARS), the whale was found on a rocky shore in Craigmore. During the autopsy, the researchers found some gear in the whale's stomach and tried to get it out, but it just kept going on and on and there seemed to be no end to it.
On average, adult sperm whales weigh about 35-45 tons, but this adult male weighed no more than 30 tons – and all because of a 150-kilogram lump of garbage in his stomach, which prevented him from eating.
Sperm whales eat like vacuum cleaners – they open their mouths and let everything inside that are able to capture around. Due to the pollution of the oceans, the risk of swallowing garbage only increases every year.
So, in the stomach of a sperm whale, they found fishing tackle, ropes, gloves and various plastic items. Recently, more and more whales have washed ashore, and scientists have found plastic in their stomachs, Wimmer said. However, a 150-kilogram lump of compressed debris in the stomach of a sperm whale turned out to be the largest of all that the researchers had previously seen.
According to Wimmer, this huge lump of debris prevented the whale from eating normally, as a result, the animal died a slow and painful death from starvation until it washed ashore.
Note that lately, plastic has been increasingly found in the stomachs of stranded whales. In 2019, a sperm whale washed ashore in Northumberland with plastic in its stomach. In 2018, a whale was found off the coast of eastern Indonesia with almost 6 kg of garbage in its stomach. Near the waters of Kapota in the southeastern province of Sulawesi, the rotting carcass of a 9-meter male sperm whale was found in the stomach of which 115 plastic cups, 4 plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, 2 flip-flops, a nylon bag and more than 1000 other plastic items were found.