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07 February 2019

Plastic Found In Whales And Dolphins

Scientists examining dolphins, whales and seals washed up dead around the UK have found every single one had plastic in their digestive systems.  These findings are very shocking, but perhaps not surprising.

All 50 bodies from 10 different species (including Atlantic white-sided dolphin, common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, and harbour porpoise), that had died from a variety of causes contained microplastic particles. The microplastics were mostly synthetic fibres that may have been shed by clothes or fishing nets; some plastic found came from food packaging or bottles.

Plastic is a growing threat to whales and dolphins as well as seabirds and other marine creatures with over half of all whale and dolphin species recorded eating plastics they've mistaken for food.

For more information on the plastics issue, its effect of whales and dolphins, and how you can help, go to WDCs #NotWhaleFood website.


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