13 Whales Found Dead On Beach, Autopsy Examinations Revealed The Bitter Truth

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By Tieu
November 18, 2016Science & Tech
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13 Whales Found Dead On Beach, Autopsy Examinations Revealed The Bitter Truth

The heartbreaking effect of human waste was discovered when a post-mortem was conducted on 13 beached sperm whales.

The plastic we discard into the ocean often makes its way into the mouths and stomachs of sea creatures. A post-mortem of the creatures, found ashore near the town of Toenning in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, showed their stomachs were full of plastic.

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Necropsy of the whales found that 4 of them had large amounts of plastic in their gut, including “a nearly 43-foot-long (13-meter-long) shrimp fishing net, a plastic car engine cover, and the remains of a plastic bucket”, National Geographic reported.

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Some of the plastic found in the stomachs of the dead whales Image: Caters/Robert Habeck/Instagram

Sperm Whales Found On Germany Beaches Had Stomachs Full of Car Parts and Plastics

Perishing from heart failure due to starvation

“These findings show us the results of our plastic orientated society,” Schleswig-Holstein environment Minister Robert Habeck told the Daily Mail.

“Animals inadvertently consume plastic and plastic waste which causes them to suffer and at worst, causes them to starve with full stomachs.”

The whales were all male, between 10 and 15 years old, and they were severely underweight. They all weighed around 15 tonnes – and the average weight of a sperm whale is 32 to 41 tonnes.

Sperm Whales Found On Germany Beaches Had Stomachs Full of Car Parts and Plastics

More beaching of whales than past 20 years

This news comes after six dead sperm whales were found beached in Norfolk in February. Six of the creatures died on a Norfolk beach in the space of just two weeks.

Rob Deaville, project manager for the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP), said: “This is the 29th beached whale around the North Sea coast. I have never dealt with anything like this in 20 years,” he said.

“Historically we have had mass strandings but nothing of this scale for decades.”

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