220 lbs of marine debris found inside sperm whale

The Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme discovered 220 pounds of marine debris inside a sperm whale at Luskentyre Beach in Scotland. (Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme)
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SCOTLAND, UK (WTHR) — You've heard the many calls to action against plastic waste, but seeing the ramifications makes it that more real.

The Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMASS) reported 100kg — or 220 pounds — of marine debris was found inside a sperm whale on Luskentyre Beach on Thursday, Nov. 28.

220 pounds of marine debris was found inside a sperm whale in Scotland. (Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme)

The organization shared its findings on Facebook and said the debris included a whole range of plastic, including sections of net, bundles of rope, plastic cups, bags, gloves, packing straps and tubing.

The material was said to be in a huge ball and looked like it had been there for some time; however, the organization said the animal didn't appear to be in particularly poor condition when they discovered it 48 hours after its death on the sandbanks.

SMASS works to provide a systematic and coordinated approach to the surveillance of Scotland's marine species by gathering, analyzing and reporting data of marine life that is stranded on the coastline.

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