Tourists enjoying in Sardinia, Italy, were completely taken aback after they discovered a large carcass of a sperm whale left on the beach last week. The whale was pregnant and carrying a dead fetus. Not just that, she also had 49 pounds of plastic waste in her stomach.
The President of the SeaMe non-profit organization in Sardinia, Luca Bittau, said that the whale’s stomach contained “garbage bags … fishing nets, lines, tubes, the bag of a washing machine liquid still identifiable, with brand and barcode … and other objects no longer identifiable.”
The pregnant whale was sadly very poorly nourished, probably because she had consumed so much of plastic.
People think that not long before she passed away, she lost her baby. Officially, her death was caused by histological and toxicological examinations. However, many believe that the reason for the whales passing away was the pollution that was ingested.
Sergio Costa, Italy’s environmental minister, said in a Facebook post, “Are there still people who say these are not important problems? For me they are, and they are priorities.”
It is no hidden secret that plastic item has been proven dangerous for wildlife from a long time ago. Animals from all kinds of environments have been affected fatally by human-created pollution.
By 2021, a law will be hopefully passed by the European Parliament, for banning single-use plastic items like straws, cotton buds, and cutlery. Costa hopes Italy to be one of the first countries to make that happen.
Nevertheless, the crisis is global—the oceans are filled with billions of pounds of plastic, which means that a whopping 40% of our oceans’ surface is filled with plastic waste.
We humans need to take charge of it immediately, as it is us and our actions that can save our oceans, jungles and the animals who live there.
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