Milan • A 26-foot sperm whale was found dead in front of Sardinia with 48.5 pounds of plastic in its stomach, causing the World Wildlife Foundation to raise an alarm on Monday over the dangers of plastic waste in the Mediterranean. 19659002] The environmental group said the garbage recovered from the sperm whale's stomach contained a corrugated tube for electrical work, plastic plates, shopping bags, tangled fishing lines and a detergent package with its barcode still readable.
The female whale was standing on the beach off the north coast of Sardinia last week in the huge marine reserve of Pelagos, which was created as a sanctuary for dolphins, whales and other marine life.
"It is the first time that we have been faced with such a large animal garbage," said Cinzia Centelegghe, a biologist at the University of Padua, told the Turin daily La Stampa.
The test also found that the whale carried a fetus who had died and was in a lawyer state of decomposition. Experts said the mother whale could not digest Calamari because of the huge amount of plastic he had taken, which filled two-thirds of his stomach.
The WWF said that plastic is one of the biggest threats to life in the sea and has claimed at least five other whales that have received large quantities of it from Europe to Asia over the past two years.
Another sperm whale died last December off the Italian island of Ischia, near Naples, with plastic bags and a thick nylon thread in its stomach, but plastic was not the cause of death.
The World Wildlife Foundation said that every year between 1
Fighting the phenomenon Last week, the European Parliament passed a new law prohibiting a wide range of plastic disposable products, including plates and straws, from 2021 onwards.
The Italian Minister of the Environment Sergio Costa deplores the death of the whale and said he s The law provides that this week a new law to restrict the use of plastics should be proposed.
The law allows fishermen to bring land-based plastics ashore for proper disposal, which is currently prohibited. Costa also assured that Italy would be one of the first countries to pass the European one-way ban on plastics and called on the mayors of Italian cities and coastal towns to adopt regulations before the 2021 Act.
"We made use of careless disposable plastic in those years, and now we pay the price," he said. "The war on disposable plastics has begun. And we will not stop here. "