Beached whales are never a welcome or happy sight, but when those whales are filled with man-made plastic and debris, it’s a particularly disheartening situation.
Workers with the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) recently found a beached male sperm whale on Luskentyre Beach in the Outer Hebrides, and when they performed a necropsy, they discovered that the adult whale had 220 lbs of trash in its stomach.
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According to a Facebook post by SMASS, the workers discovered a “horrific” amount of waste inside the whale, including rope bundles, tubes, fishing nets, gloves, bags, and plastic garbage. The debris had formed a large ball in the marine mammal’s stomach.