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Pregnant sperm whale washed up on Italian coast ‘had 49lbs of plastic in its stomach’ 

Pregnant sperm whale that washed up in Italian tourist hot spot ‘had 49lbs of plastic including fishing nets and rubbish bags in its stomach’

  • The dead creature was found washed up on the shore of Sardinia last week 
  • It was found to contain fishing nets, lines and a packet of washing liquid 
  • Italy’s environment minister Sergio Costa vowed to fight plastic shortly after  

A pregnant sperm whale which washed up on the Italian coast had 49lbs of plastic debris in its stomach.

The enormous animal washed up on the beach in Sardinia, Italy, last week and was found to have had 22 kilograms (49 pounds) of plastic in its stomach when examined by specialists.

It was also carrying a dead foetus – according to Sergio Costa, Italy’s environment minister. 

The dead sperm whale being hoisted out of the water after it washed up on the coast of Sardinia

Experts discovered a vast amount of plastic inside the carcass of the whale and a dead foetus

Experts discovered a vast amount of plastic inside the carcass of the whale and a dead foetus

Luca Bittau, president of the SeaMe group, told CNN the whale’s carcass contained ‘garbage bags … fishing nets, lines, tubes, the bag of a washing machine liquid still identifiable, with brand and barcode … and other objects no longer identifiable.’

‘She was pregnant and had almost certainly aborted before (she) beached,’ he said. 

‘The fetus was in an advanced state of composition.’ 

After the discovery, Italy’s environment minister Sergio Costa, launched an impassioned plea on Facebook for people to wage war on disposable plastics. 

Mr Costa said in a Facebook post: ‘Are there still people who say these are not important problems? For me they are, and they are priorities.’

‘We’ve used the ‘comfort’ of disposable objects in a lighthearted way in the past years and now we are paying the consequences. Indeed the animals, above all, are the ones paying them,’ he continued.

‘Italy will be one of the first countries to implement it,’ he promised. ‘The war on disposable plastic has begun. And we won’t stop here.’ 

Among the items found inside the whale were fishing nets, lines, tubes, and a bag of a washing machine liquid

Among the items found inside the whale were fishing nets, lines, tubes, and a bag of a washing machine liquid

The Italian environment minister Sergio Costa vowed to launch a campaign against plastic in a Facebook post

The Italian environment minister Sergio Costa vowed to launch a campaign against plastic in a Facebook post

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