Researchers found stacks of plastic bags in the stomach of a sick whale at Sotra island in western Norway.
The sick whale, a Cuvier’s beaked whale, beached in shallow water off Sotra this weekend and had to be euthanized, and when researchers opened the stomach a sad sight waited .
The stomach was completely stuffed by plastic. Around 30 plastic bags and some other plastic. It’s very sad, says Terje Lislevand, zoologist at the University of Bergen to NRK.
The intestinal system was completely emptied of food and all indications are that the whale suffered. There is no doubt. I dare not say how long it took to fill up the stomach with plastic bags, but plastic particles has accumulated and created a blockage in the system, says Lislevand.
Our oceans are suffering and we have to act now, there will soon be more plastic than fish in the ocean!