Killer whale washes up in English coast with stomach full of plastic

“The Earth is changing” and we have no one else to blame but ourselves. What we do may seem unharmful but if we look at the bigger picture, we can see that every little negligence people do greatly affect the environment.

Just like in the case of this 15ft-long decomposed body of an orca which was discovered in a salt marsh on the eastern coast of England. This was the first killer whale in nearly two decades has been found washed up on the English shore with plastic in its stomach.

According to Independent UK, the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP), whose team examined the animal in Wash, a bay between Lincolnshire and Norfolk said a ”large fragment of plastic material” was found inside the young orca‘s body, although this is unlikely to have been the cause of death.

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It marked the first confirmed stranding of a killer whale in England and Wales for almost 20 years, according to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). This just goes to show that conditions under our oceans must be getting worse than what we have seen on the surface.

The CSIP said there have only been four other reports of orcas washed up on the coastline of England and Wales since their program — which investigates stranded cetaceans such as whales, dolphins and basking sharks — started in 1990.

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“This was a markedly unusual stranding event,” they said. ZSL’s Rob Deaville and Matt Perkins collected blubber, liver, muscle and kidney samples from the marine mammal, which was internally mostly intact despite its apparently decomposed condition, having probably died weeks ago.

CSIP said: “Killer whales are a priority species for the project given the conservation pressure that they’re under — as apex predators, they’re unfortunately exposed to high levels of legacy chemical pollutants.”
The organization said they collected samples “which will prove hugely valuable in future research”.

Experts have warned the number of orcas along the coast has plummeted in recent years.

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Researchers from ZSL and Aarhus University found that UK seas were among the most polluted in the world and warned of a “killer whale apocalypse”.

One of the UK’s last killer whales was found dead in 2016 trapped in netting on a Scottish island, although a post mortem found she had high levels of a banned toxic chemical in her body.

This just goes to show that something must be done to stop the decay of our marine biology. Change must come from each of us so that even by our little actions, bigger things can be achieved!