Experts euthanised the whale after realising it was seriously ill
Researchers examining a whale carcass found 30 plastic bags in its stomach along with other human waste.
The goose-beaked whale was spotted off the coast of Norway on Saturday and was clearly in poor health. Marine biologists took the decision to euthanise it.
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The carcass was brought to Denmark for examination by academics at the University of Bergen.
When they opened the stomach the cause of the whale's illness became clear.
It had swallowed a huge amount of human waste including thirty plastic bags.
The plastic bags found in the whale's stomach laid out on a harbour
Zoologist Terje Lislevand told NRK the whale had been unable to digest any food for some time."I'm afraid to estimate how long it could have taken before the stomach was totally full," he said.
"In this case, the plastic particles accumulated and created a barrier in the system.
"The carcass of the goose-beaked whale, or Cuvier's whale, is going to be preserved and later displayed at the University of Bergen.
Zoologists believe the plastic was preventing the whale from digesting food
A study by the World Economic Forum estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish, by weight, in the Earth's oceans.
It also said that there at least 150 million tonnes of rubbish floating in the oceans today. in the ocean today.