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  • Zoologists say Dead Whale in Norway Full of Plastic Bags

  • The visibly sick, two-ton goose-beaked whale was euthanized

In this handout photo from the University of Bergen taken on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, researchers from the university begin dissecting a two-ton whale that was beached in shallow waters off Sotra, an island west of Bergen, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of Oslo. Norwegian zoologists have found about 30 plastic bags and other plastic waste in the stomach of a beaked whale that had beached on a southwestern Norway coast. Terje Lislevand of the Bergen University says the visibly sick, 2-ton goose-beaked whale was euthanized. Its intestine "had no food, only some remnants of a squid's head in addition to a thin fat layer." (University of Bergen via AP), photo: AP/University of Bergen

03 of February 2017 12:16:24

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Norwegian zoologists have found about 30 plastic bags and other plastic waste in the stomach of a beaked whale that had beached on a southwestern Norway coast.The visibly sick, two-ton goose-beaked whale was euthanized, Terje Lislevand of Bergen University said Friday."The [whale's] stomach was full of plastic," Lislevand said, adding that its intestine "had no food, only some remnants of a squid's head in addition to a thin fat layer."[caption id="attachment_47746" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Norwegian zoologists have found about 30 plastic bags and other plastic waste in the stomach of a beaked whale that had beached on a southwestern Norway coast. Photo: AP/University of Bergen[/caption]Lislevand says the non-biodegradable waste was "probably the reason" why the male whale repeatedly beached last Saturday in shallow waters off Sotra, an island west of Bergen, 125 miles northwest of the capital of Oslo.It size — about 20 feet — showed the whale was an adult.The U.N. estimates that eight million tons of plastic trash are dumped into the world's oceans each year, he said.



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