Our planet is literally littered with garbage. Piles of waste lie not only on the surface of the Earth and its orbit, and even at the bottom of oceans. For example, in 2018, the representatives involved in cleaning the seas by Ocean Conservancy foundthat the traces of people’s discarded garbage can be detected in organisms 70% of sea birds and 30% of sea turtles. A good example of how badly clogged the surrounding continents, the water showed a stranded Scottish island of Harris, the sperm whale. At autopsy inside his body was discovered a 100-kilogram bubble with fishing nets, plastic cups, rubber gloves and other rubbish.
About what happened on the coast of Scotland of the situation told the British edition of BBC News. The body of a huge marine mammal found on a beach Seilebost locals. They immediately called to the scene of the Scottish experts from the organization Smass, who is examining the deaths of whales, dolphins and other inhabitants of seas and oceans. They opened the body of a mammal to determine the cause of his death.
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At autopsy the animal’s body was recovered at least 100 kilograms of fishing nets and other debristhat have been discarded or lost by fishermen and crew of many ships. Inside the sperm whale the garbage has started to rot, resulting in the body of a mammal formed a huge variety of gases. Therefore, when you try opening the animal, its body exploded and revealed a pile of waste.
According to experts of Smass, the whale itself looked very healthy. However, there is no doubt that the bubble of accumulated debris clogged its digestive system and gave him to eat. Most likely, the animal died from hunger, after stranded.
According to local resident Dan parry, it was extremely hard to see fishing nets out of the animal’s body. He was aware of the excessive littered the next area and walk daily on the beach he always took a bag to collect left by people fishing accessories. According to him, most of this debris could be lost during storms and people simply do not understand the extent arising from it problems.
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To bury the sperm whale, members of the coast guard had to dig on the beach huge pit. According to experts, the dead sea animal was a male, who has not yet reached the age of majority. It is worth mentioning that sperm whales can live to 70 years and hunting them was banned. However, these animals do not belong to the species are on the brink of extinction and currently their number is at the level of 300-450 thousand individuals.
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Previously, sperm whales were hunted for the purpose of extracting their teeth, and some of his internal organs. As a rule, the teeth were used for the manufacture of expensive Souvenirs and were valued almost the same as mammoth tusks and teeth of walruses. Of the internal organs are also made of various medicines.