Stranded sperm whale free of plastic

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Stranded sperm whale free of plastic

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6 december 2017

No plastic was found in the stomach of the sperm whale that stranded near Domburg on the first of December. The animal was probably suffering from an intestinal infection. That is what researchers of Utrecht University and Wageningen University & Research conclude after investigation of the stomach contents.

"There was no plastic or other substantial waste in the stomach", says Mardik Leopold of Wageningen Marine Research. Together with other researchers he sifted through the contents of the stomach, about half a cubic meter in size, in the section room of the faculty of Veterinary Sciences in Utrecht.

The bowels and the esophagus of the animal however were abnormal; probably, the sperm whale suffered from an intestinal infection. The pathologists of the faculty of Veterinary Sciences yet have to investigate the cause of the infection.

Read the full article (in Dutch) in Resource Wageningen University & Research.