This article discusses a dead sperm whale washing ashore in Spain, with plastic in its stomach.
Scientists wanted to know why a young male sperm whale washed up dead on a beach in southeastern Spain in February, so they performed a whale autopsy. When they cut open the cetacean’s stomach, they found 64 pounds (29 kg) of waste, most of it plastic.
The whale—a juvenile male, nearly 33 feet long (10 meters) and weighing 6 tons—had swallowed all manner of debris at sea, including ropes, nets, plastic bags, and a plastic drum. The buildup likely blocked its digestive system, causing an infection, according to scientists at the El Valle Wildlife Rescue Center in Murcia, Spain.