Marine biologists discover rubbish haul in stomach of dead whale in Taiwan

The ocean update

Marine biologists found a mass of plastic bags and fishing net sizeable enough to fill an excavator bucket.(AFP: Marine Biology and Cetacean Research Centre of National Cheng-Kung University) Marine biologists found a mass of plastic bags and fishing net sizeable enough to fill an excavator bucket.(AFP: Marine Biology and Cetacean Research Centre of National Cheng-Kung University)

October 26th, 2015 (AFP). Taiwanese marine biologists have discovered a mass of plastic bags and fishing net in the stomach of a dead whale, underlying the dangers posed by floating ocean trash.

The 15-metre mature sperm whale was spotted stranded off the southern town of Tongshi on October 15.

Coastguards and scientists returned it to the ocean but three days later it was found dead around 20 kilometres away.

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