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According to UN data, eight tons of plastic garbage are thrown into the oceans each year. The main victims are the species of marine fauna and other ecosystems that inhabit the sea.
There are always examples of how catastrophic this can be. Today, for example, Norwegian zoologists found 30 plastic bags and other debris inside the stomach of a whale that washed up on the coast of Sottra, on the western island of Bergen, about 200 km northwest of Oslo.
According to reports from the University of Bergen, the cetacean was visibly ill and had to be euthanized. It is also believed that the trash found inside was possibly the reason that it ran aground several times on the beach where it was found.
"The stomach was completely filled with the plastic. About 30 plastic bags, plus some smaller plastic items. It's very sad," said zoologist Terje Lislevand of the University of Bergen.
Although the age or gender of the whale has not yet been released, this unfortunate case serves to understand the magnitude of our irresponsible and destructive behavior, which has our animal brothers as victims.
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