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Scientists found 30 plastic bags in whale’s stomach

In January 2017, a whale beached itself on Sotra Island, about ten miles west of Bergen, Norway. When researchers from the University of Bergen opened its stomach, they pulled out 30 plastic bags, and large and smaller pieces of plastic.

The whale’s intestinal system contained no nutrition, the layer of fat was very thin and the weight was low for a whale of this size.

According to Terje Lislevand, associate professor at the Natural History Collections, University of Bergen, there is no doubt that the whale has suffered immensely.

“This is a sad reminder of the damage we do to our environment, and especially to our oceans,” Lislevand says.

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