March 16, 2019 MILAN — An 8-meter sperm whale was found dead off Sardinia with 22 kilograms of plastic in its belly. It is a stunning shock to see jumbo garbage including electrical works, plastic pieces, plastic bags and tangle finishing lines stuck in the sperm whale's stomach.
And it is also discovered that the whale was carrying a fetus that had died and was in an advance state of delivery. Experts said the mother whale had been unable to digest any food due to the huge amount of plastic it had ingested, filling two-thirds of its stomach. Life has been such killed by the plastic."It is the first time we have been confronted with an animal with such a huge quantity of garbage," Cinzia Centelegghe, a biologist with the University of Padova, told the Turin daily La Stampa.
The dead whale prompt the World Wildlife Foundation to sound an alarm instantly over the dangers of plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea.WWF said plastic is one of the greatest threats to marine life and has killed at least five other whales that had ingested large amounts of it over the last two years from Europe to Asia. According to the statistic, between 150,000 and 500,000 tons of plastic objects and 70,000 to 130,000 tons of micro-plastics wind up in Europe's seas each year.
To combat the phenomenon, the European Parliament last week approved a new law banning a wide range of single-use plastic products, including plates and straws, Plastic Shopping Bags starting in 2021.
We have been using disposable plastics in a carefree way in these years, and now we are paying the price. The war on disposable plastics has started. Time of using Biodegradable Compost Bags starts.