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Groper in Bahamas has three plastic bags stuck in its throat

Shocked fishermen discover three plastic bags stuck in the throat of a groper fish they had just caught near the Bahamas

  • Video shows fishermen pulling out three plastic bags lodged inside a groper fish 
  • The group of American fishermen caught the groper while in the Bahamas 
  • UN Environment says eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans each year

Most people dream of pristine beaches when they think of the Bahamas.

However, a new video shows that even the Caribbean archipelago has not escaped the scourge of plastic pollution.

The footage shows a group of American fishermen pulling out three large plastic bags from the throat of a groper fish. 

The footage shows a group of American fishermen pulling out three large plastic bags from the throat of a groper fish

The fish was hauled onto the boat after being caught in the Atlantic Ocean and appears to still be alive.  

The men can be heard in the clip blaming plastic pollution for the state of the groper fish.

One fisherman says ‘it’s pollution, man’ while another adds ‘it’s bad, right there, it has so much plastic in its mouth’. 

A staggering eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year, according to UN Environment.

A lot of it comes from the world’s rivers, which serve as direct conduits of rubbish from the world’s cities to the marine environment.

The fish was hauled onto the boat after being caught in the Atlantic Ocean and appears to still be alive

The fish was hauled onto the boat after being caught in the Atlantic Ocean and appears to still be alive

Gropers literally inhale prey with their huge mouths, meaning debris such as plastic can be sometimes consumed

Gropers literally inhale prey with their huge mouths, meaning debris such as plastic can be sometimes consumed

They also predict that if current trends continue, our oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050. 

Campaign group Clean Ocean Project said the video was ‘sad but important’ and called for action to reduce global plastic consumption. 

The group added: ‘This is the true image of single-use plastic.’ 

A staggering eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the world's oceans every year, according to UN Environment

A staggering eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year, according to UN Environment

The most common type of groper found in the Bahamas is the Nassau groper. 

The fish is considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to overfishing.  

Gropers literally inhale prey with their huge mouths, meaning debris such as plastic can sometimes be consumed. 

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