Dead sperm whale in Indonesia had ingested 6kg of plastic
by Abi Aldridge
What's Going On Here?
A sperm whale, measuring 10m long, was found washed up in Wakatobi National Park in Eastern Indonesia with over 6kg of plastic waste inside its stomach.
What Is The Impact Of Ingesting Plastic?
It's an over-whale-ming amount of plastic! With 1000+ pieces of plastic waste found inside the carcass; including 115 plastic cups, 25 plastic bags and a pair of flip flops. WWF Indonesia weren’t able to determine the cause of the whale’s death but said “the facts that we see are truly awful”.
This isn’t the first time plastic has been found inside marine animals. Each year, 100,000 marine mammals and turtles are killed by plastic bags and if rates of plastic pollution continue there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. From the 500 million plastic straws used in the US each day, to the wet wipes we flush down our loos, we are filling the oceans with plastic.
Why Should We Care?
Don’t care about Dory, Nemo and the gang? What if we told you there could be plastic in your stomach too? Last year, scientists found traces of plastics in mackerel and anchovies, which means plastics are already in our food chain (and we really don’t fancy eating flip flops and chips next time we’re at the seaside!)
You’ve already got a reusable bottle and got yourself a canvas tote bag - so what more can you do? With Black Friday tomorrow, and the Christmas shopping season upon us, you may find yourself doing more online shopping than usual. Try to avoid plastic packaging where you can. Add a note in the ‘comments’ section of your orders requesting businesses leave the plastic packaging and bubble wrap out.
Businesses might not always listen, but the more we ask, the more likely they are to change!
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