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Young Sperm Whale Washed Ashore in Spain & Scientist found over 65 pounds of plastic in the stomach of this whale
by Richard Arterbury
How you can help save the Ocean and Marine Mammals
Another Sperm Whale washed up on a beach in Spain containing over 64 pounds of plastic rubbish in its stomach. Ocean Blue is cleaning up over 50 beaches annual from Washington, Oregon, and California in hope to remove over 50 thousand pounds of plastic off beaches with the understanding that every piece of plastic picked up is one of the best ways to help clean up the Ocean and save our one world Ocean.
The West coast can make for a rainy day beach cleanup. Regardless, we do not allow the rainy season to stop our efforts. We are inviting the community to help during weekend events that last around 3 hours. Sc ientists want to know what killed the young sperm whale that washed up on the southern Spain beach. During the research and observation, they found over 64 pounds of plastic waste, which is most likely the setback that has killed this young sperm whale. The scientists found plastic fragments, plastic ropes, and pieces of net in the whales stomach.
The discovery motivated the authorities in Murcia, Spain to launch a campaign to clean up beaches as a vital way to lower the greatest threats of our marine wildlife. Since plastic floats onto beaches, beach cleanups are a number one priority for cleaning up as part of a holistic approach to saving the wildlife that consume plastic in large quantities. This plastic consumption ultimately causes the untimely deaths of many marine mammals and birds.
Sperm whales diet is giant squid and with large amounts of plastic that is unable to be digested the whales are suffering and are unable to obtain the diet of protein needed and later die. The sperm whale that washed up on the Cabo de Palos beach was unusually thin and when scientists performed the necropsy the results showed the whales stomach and intestines had plastic, rope, and nets stuck in its stomach and intestines.
Over 150 million tons of plastic are floating in our ocean with millions of tons landing on sandy beaches. It is now time to remove all the plastic we can from beaches to lower the amount floating in the Ocean as a solution to saving not only the one world Ocean, but all marine wildlife that mistake this Ocean plastic for food.
Join Ocean Blue's Campaign to lower Ocean plastic one beach cleanup at a time. If it's rainy bring an extra shirt and pants and let's not let the rain slow this down. Let's think about the well-being of the Ocean and whales that migrate on the West coast.
We will be in Seaside, Oregon this Saturday and in Cannon Beach on Sunday, please join with Ashore Hotel and Gearhart Ocean Inn and let's act now to make one of the largest differences possible for both our children's future and marine wildlife alike. If you are drinking from plastic straws one solution is going strawless with Ocean Blue by using paper straws or picking up a stainless steel straw that will last a lifetime. If you would like a solution to the plastic water bottle, Ocean Blue has partnered with Boxed Water is Better as a solution to the plastic water bottle and we have found that paper is better than plastic by far.
4.14.2018 - Seaside Beach Seaside, Oregon
4.15.2018 - Tolovana Beach Cannon Beach, OR
4.18.2018 - The Coho Oceanfront Lodge Lincoln City, OR
4.21.2018 - Nehalem Beach Annual Coast Cleanup Day Manzanita, OR
4.22.2018 - Beverly Beach, Newport, OR
4.28.2018 - Bob Straub State Park Pacific City, OR
4.29.2018 - Neskowin State Park Neskowin, OR
5.05.2018 - Roads End State Recreation Lincoln City, OR
5.06.2018 - Gleneden Beach Lincoln City, OR
6.08.2018 - Nye Beach - World Ocean Day Beach Cleanup Newport, OR
6.09.2018 - Nye Beach - Oregon Ocean Day Newport, OR
6.10.2018 - Nye Beach - Walk on the beach Newport, OR
Long Beach Washington Beach Cleanup:
We collected over 113 pounds of plastic ropes, and other marine debris at the Washington Long Beach Cleanup in over 50 mile per hours winds in just 3 hours.
Fort Stevens State Park Cleanup:
We also collected over 323 pounds of beach rubbish at the Fort Stevens State Park Cleanup in just 2 hours. We are just getting started and we will hit our goal for collecting over 50 thousand pounds of beach plastic this year.
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