A young dead sperm whale that washed up on a Scottish island last week had 220 pounds of trash in its stomach, officials said.
Workers with the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme, discovered debris in the whale's stomach during the necropsy, according to a post on its Facebook page Sunday. Workers found a "huge ball" of debris, including plastic that included "sections of net, bundles of rope, plastic cups, bags, gloves, packing straps and tubing."
According to SMASS, the whale was nearly 46 feet long and weighed around 26 tons, USA Today reported.
However, SMASS officials wrote on Facebook they could not find evidence the debris had impacted or obstructed the whale's intestines. The whale was buried on the beach.
"Debris in our oceans is everyone's problem," Parry wrote. "The fishing industry need(s) to do better, but equally, we all need to do more.
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