A Sperm Whale Found Dead in Spain Had 29 Kilos of Plastic in Its Stomach
by Maya Rinaldi on April 19, 2018 - 10:49am
The purpose of Carly Cassella’s article “A Sperm Whale Found Dead in Spain Had 29 Kilos of Plastic in Its Stomach” is to display the severe consequences that ocean pollution can have on marine life. After the young sperm whale was found dead on a beach in Spain, an autopsy was performed on the whale to get further information on the cause of its death. It was revealed that the whale died because it could not get rid of the trash it had swallowed which consisted of several plastic bags, cans, pieces of rope and net. Plastic is one of the most detrimental threats to wildlife, especially marine life, as it is extremely easy for animals to get caught in the plastic as well as swallow it. Cassella explained that currently, 8 million of it enters the oceans each year and it has been predicted that by the year of 2050, there will be more plastic than marine life present in our oceans. Ocean pollution, especially plastic pollution, causes the deaths of multiple animals and unless a solution is found to this problem, the deaths will persist.
I believe that both the individuals of society and the government are to blame for the severity of the plastic pollution situation in oceans. It is us humans that dump trash into the oceans and it is, therefore, our job to make some changes. We should try and limit, if not, eliminate, our use of plastic bags. As stated in the article, some countries such as England have started putting a charge on plastic bags and this has consequently reduced the total number of plastic bags used across the country. As individuals of society, instead of using plastic bags, we can use reusable bags. On the other hand, the government can also implement a charge on plastic bags to help the cause as well. Making these small changes will make a huge difference in ocean plastic pollution and will consequently save the lives of many marine creatures.