Some people suggest that this is due to the whales thinking that the plastic items were food, like squid since that is a whales go to staple. People on the other hand, however, believe that this is what happens when humanity continues to disregard marine life as well as the overabundance of plastic that is now circulating all over our oceans.
Environment minister for the state of Schleswig-Holstein, Robert Habeck states:
“These findings show us the results of our plastic-oriented society. Animals inadvertently consume plastic and plastic waste, which causes them to suffer, and at worst, causes them to starve with full stomachs.”
I n addition to this statement, Nicola Hodgkins who is affiliated with Whale and Dolphin Conservation states:
“Although the large pieces will cause obvious problems and block the gut, we shouldn’t dismiss the smaller bits that could cause a more chronic problem for all species of cetacean – not just those who suction feed.”
It is very important thing to note that the young whales did not die due to the plastic in their stomachs. In fact, according to National Geographic, the whales had died due to heart failure.
This was a consequence of them mistakenly swimming into the North Sea, most likely in search of squid, but then not being able to support the weight of their own body’s in such shallow water. As an unfortunate result, the whales internal organs had collapsed.
Even that being the truth, humanity still needs to address this situation as a major warning sign about how much pollution we are pouring into our oceans.
Do not dismiss their deaths as if it were meant to be, because it certainly wasn’t. These animals could have had longer lives without mistakenly consuming the extreme amounts of debris we keep giving our planet. End this horrible trend of pollution, help us turn the tides and clean our planet!
What do you think?