A pregnant 26-foot sperm whale and her unborn fetus were found dead last week off the coast of the island tourist destination of Sardinia, Italy, The Associated Press reports. The whale was found with approximately 48.5 pounds of plastic in her stomach — which led the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to condemn the “devastating” impact of plastic pollution on oceans and marine life. Corrugated tubes for electrical work, plastic bags, single use plates and a washing detergent package with the bar code still readable were among the waste found inside the young whale’s stomach, WWF told the AP. The mother whale was not able to digest calamari because of the large amount of plastic it consumed, which filled two-thirds of its stomach, experts told AP.”It is the first time we have been confronted with an animal with such a huge quantity of garbage,” Cinzia Centelegghe, a biologist with the University of Padova, told the Turin paper La Stampa, according to AP.The female whale was beached off the northern coast of Sardinia, inside the Pelagos marine sanctuary, which was established as a haven for dolphins, whales and other sea life.The death of the mother whale and her fetus, which measured at about… Read full this story
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