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40 Kilos of Plastic Found in Guts of Whale

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A young 1,100 pound Curvier’s beaked whale died along the shores of the Philippines with over 88 pounds (40 kilos) of plastic in the gut causing malnutrition and dehydration; marine biologist Darrell Blatchley said it was the most he’d ever seen in a necropsy
  • Researchers recovered 50 marine animals from 10 species along the beaches of Britain, finding microplastic particles in the guts of all; those that died from infectious processes had more particles than those that died from other causes
  • Microplastics enter the human food supply through dust, water, packaging, sea salt and food; researchers have now identified plastic particles in human stool samples from eight countries
  • You may participate in a global solution by eliminating your use of bottled water, purchasing clothing you wear for a long time, using expert tricks to recycle and reducing your use of all things plastic

The food chain is an ordered series of organisms, each dependent on the previous as a source of food. In other words, herbivores eat plants to survive and carnivores eat herbivores and other carnivores. In the water, small fish eat plankton, and are then eaten by slightly larger fish, finally eaten by larger fish and then potentially ending up on your dinner plate.

Marine megafauna are large marine filter feeders that filter thousands of gallons of sea water to capture small plants and animals. These creatures play a critical role in the health of our oceans and the survival of all marine life. Sylvia Earle, marine biologist, author and explorer, believes, "The next 10 years may be more important than the last 10,000 in determining the fate of our oceans."


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