The body of a young sperm whale washed up on an island off the coast of Scotland this week with close to 220 pounds of garbage in its stomach, leading to an outcry from animal preservation groups.
As CNN reported, the juvenile male whale had died on Thursday after becoming stranded on Sielebost beach on the Isle of Harris. Workers from the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) conducted a necropsy on the animal and found a huge ball of debris that it had digested, the report added.
Dan Parry, who operates a Facebook page dedicated to cleaning litter from nearby Luskentyre beach, posted about the whale’s death and the role that local pollution likely played. He noted that he and other volunteers frequently comb the local beach and pick up debris, which he said often comes from the local fishing industry. Pictures of the whale’s stomach contents showed some large fishing nets, which likely led the animal to starve to death, Parry said.
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by – inquisitr.com