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Offline Maik

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Plastic killing Greece's whales
« on: Friday, 21 June, 2019 @ 22:19:32 »
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Study: Lethal plastic trash now common in Greece’s whales

ATHENS, Greece — A study of whales and dolphins that have washed up dead in Greece over a 20-year period has found alarmingly high levels of plastic trash — mostly bags — in the animals’ stomachs, which can condemn them to a slow and painful death.

In the worst case, a researcher said Friday, a 5.3-meter (17-foot) young sperm whale beached on the Aegean island of Mykonos had swallowed 135 plastic items weighing a total of 3.2 kilograms (7 pounds). This blocked its stomach, grossly distending it, while the animal itself was emaciated and had starved to death.

Sperm whales are an endangered species already at high risk in the Mediterranean from deadly collisions with ships, entanglement in drift fishing nets and noise pollution from oil and gas exploration.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/study-lethal-plastic-trash-now-common-in-greeces-whales/2019/06/21/facccf8c-941b-11e9-956a-88c291ab5c38_story.html

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Re: Plastic killing Greece's whales
« Reply #1 on: Saturday, 22 June, 2019 @ 23:05:29 »
Shocking  :rant:

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Re: Plastic killing Greece's whales
« Reply #2 on: Sunday, 23 June, 2019 @ 20:25:41 »
Its a sad sign of the times we live in its Global and needs to be addressed or the planet is finished . i have picked up litter on beaches and i hope others will do the same but it would be good if people just leave footprints in the sand and nothing else . :pray: