Dead whale- full of fishing nets and plastic bags

03 February, 2023

A sperm whale washed ashore in Hawaii this weekend probably died partly because it had eaten vast numbers of fishing nets, plastic bags and other marine litter, according to researchers.

Kristi West, head of the Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii says that the whale, 17 metres long and weighing 54 tonnes, had so many foreign objects in the opening to its intestines that it would have been difficult for food to get in.

“The presence of undigested fish and cephalopods is additional evidence of a blockage,” says West in a statement.

Plastic litter found in the whale’s stomach. Photo: Daniel Dennison/AP/TT

Text: TT
Photo Daniel Dennison/AP/TT

Related articles

Blue whales ingest up to 10 million pieces of microplastics per day, according to estimates in a study. This suggests that the pollution poses a greater danger to the world’s largest animals than previously thought…
Text: TT Nyhetsbyrån
Photo: Jan-Morten Bjørnbakk/NTB/TT Arkivbild
By 2050, marine plastic pollution could quadruple, impacting over 2,000 marine species, warns a comprehensive WWF report on the crisis….
Text: Sofia Eriksson/TT
Photo: Martin Mejia/AP/TT, Caleb Jones/AP/TT, WWF/TT
The Galapagos Marine Reserve provides protection to close on 200 thousand square kilometres of our ocean. It lies 900 kilometres from the mainland and is not on any busy shipping lanes or industrial fishing waters yet, researcher, Jen Jones finds micro plastic in the water throughout the reserve….
Reportage: Simon Stanford
Foto: Simon Stanford
UV-Foto: Johan Candert, Göran Ehlmé
Klippning: Helena Fredriksson
Scroll to Top