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Huge amounts of plastic found in dead whales in Hawaii

A whale found weighing 60 tons dead In airyBut what has surprised scientists is the sheer number of plastic waste Got inside

The sperm whale was found dead in front of the reef on the night of 27 January Parke Lydgate on Kauai, but it was not until the next day that heavy equipment was used to haul the body onto the beach.

Christy West, director of the Health and Stranding Laboratory at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, said preliminary testing on the samples showed blocked In this Mechanism intestinesWhich could have an effect on death.

He explained that against a significant amount of foreign objects, the whale had a relatively small opening from its intestinal tract to the stomach.

In addition to squid beaks, fish skeletons, and other prey remains, we found at least six hagfish nets and at least seven types of fishing nets, at least two types of plastic bags, a light shield, fishing Rekha and also found in significant quantities. Swimming with a net We found a number of things in the sperm whale’s stomach that may have contributed to its death and are certainly troubling.”

Fishing tackle and net found in stomach of dead whale in Hawaii Photo by UH Health & Stranding Lab

The scientists found no signs of abnormalities in the mammal’s organs and noted that it is the first specimen in Hawaiian waters to swallow fishing gear and nets.

In such a situation, he called for avoiding the disposal of waste in the sea.

With information from Lopez-Doriga Digital

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