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Whale Found Dead With 100kg Of Litter In Stomach

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Sky News:- A 100kg (220lb) “litter ball” has been discovered inside the stomach of a sperm whale which stranded and died on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

The animal’s digestion would have been affected by the 100kg of plastic in its stomach. Pic: SMASS

The male juvenile mammal was discovered on Seilebost beach on Thursday morning, when a necropsy was carried out.

A whole range of plastics, including netting, bundles of rope, cups, bags, gloves, packing straps and tubing were discovered inside it, with experts claiming the items had been there for some time.

The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) says it is investigating why the animal – which it claims “wasn’t in particularly poor condition” – ended up with so much pollution inside it.

SMASS also says the items seemed to have come from both the land and fishing sectors – and could have been swallowed at any point between Norway and the Azores.

In a post on its Facebook page, it added: “Whilst it is certainly plausible that this amount of debris was a factor in its live stranding, we actually couldn’t find evidence that this had impacted or obstructed the intestines.

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