Breaking news concerning the marine wildlife appeared last January when an unusual situation happened near the North Sea. This is a very shallow area that isn’t suitable for the marine wildlife which was why it was very strange to discover even 29 of the sperm whales stranded on the shores. Necropsy was performed by the scientists and what they found was what shocked everybody.
Press was held in Schleswig-Holstein in an area called Wadden Sea National Park and said that the stomachs of these whales contained plastic and debris or to be more precise: a piece made of plastic that belonged to a car which was 70 cm long, a fishing net that was 13 meters long, plastic litter etc.
This truly is a shocking and concerning information!
Whales consume squid and not plastic! It is really shocking to see where the human disregard towards the life in oceans and seas can lead. People throw too much plastic and debris which can only lead to this kind of a problem.
The society becomes oriented to plastics, but people are unaware that they throw it everywhere and it can be really harmful for every form of life. These animals suffer when they consume the plastic waste. Their stomachs are full, but they’re starving because that’s not the real food for them and in the end, they die which is rather sad.
It’s not only about the large pieces. Smaller bits can also create huge problems.
This wasn’t the first case like this. There was another incident discovered on the island of Mykonos in Greece when people found a young whale which was floating dead back in 2011. The stomach of the whale was distended stomach. First thing biologists thought of was a swallowed giant squid. Unfortunately, necropsy discovered that there was a lot of debris as well as 100 plastic bags!
National Geographic thinks other way. According to them, these whales swum the North Sea by mistake. They wanted to find squid, but because of the shallow water, they couldn’t support the weight of their body. Heart failure appeared first and later other organs also collapsed.
They are one of the deepest diving animals from the Cetacean family. They can even search for squid for 1.000 meters or 3.280 feet. The males are known to migrate from subtropical or tropical breeding grounds to colder waters which are at higher latitudes. The whales that died were from 10 to 15 years of age. Their necropsy showed heart failure as the main reason for their death.
Scientists agree that this theory might be true because the whales might have got lost.
Still, it is really sad and horrifying to discover that kind of amount of plastics and other debris inside their stomachs. Almost 80% of the plastic people throw on land ends in the oceans and seas and wildlife is the one that consumes it.
Pollution is one problem, but whales also face threats because of fishing nets as well as ship collisions even though the population of whales is globally increased.