(Photo: Marine Animal Response Society)
Nova Scotia: A sperm whale died after suffering from 150 kilograms of garbage in its stomach on the Canadian coast.
According to media reports, a 45-foot long sperm whale washed ashore in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on November 4. Rescue teams tried hard to save the whale, but it died the next day.
The Canadian Wildlife Health Service performed an autopsy on the dead whale shortly thereafter, finding fishermen’s nets, ropes, gloves and various plastics in its stomach.
The Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) recently shared the incident, saying the whale’s death is a reminder of how serious the problem of human pollution of the oceans is.
The average weight of a sperm whale is 35 to 45 tons, but this sperm whale weighed no more than 30 tons because of the garbage in its stomach, which made it difficult for it to eat it.
Tonya Wimmer of Mars said seeing a sperm whale so close to shore and with such a low body are some very worrying signs. The team found a piece of something before the whale’s belly and then things started coming out.
The way a sperm whale eats increases the risk of garbage entering their stomachs. To eat, whales open their mouths and everything around them flows into their mouths.
Tonya Wimmer said that because it is common for sperm whales to find plastic in their stomachs due to their diet, the amount of waste found in male sperm whales is unprecedented.