We’ll be told this is why we must kill people who use plastic cups for their coffee etc:
Scientists said the whale probably died because it ate large volumes of marine debris, highlighting the threat to wildlife from the millions of tons of plastic that ends up in oceans every year.
The body of the 56-foot-long, 120,000-pound animal was first noticed on a reef off Kauai on Friday. High tide brought it ashore on Saturday.
No, not really:
The whale’s stomach contained six hagfish traps, seven types of fishing net, two types of plastic bags, a light protector, fishing line and a float from a net. Researchers also found squid beaks, fish skeletons and the remains of other prey in the whale’s stomach.
There is a lot of plastic in the ocean. The source of most of it – most of it in pieces large enough to trouble a sperm whale – is from discarded fishing gear. Nowt at all to do with what anyone is doing on land.