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Scotland (U.K.), Dec 2 (Canadian-Media): A ball of trash, consisting of nets, bundles of rope, plastic cups, bags, gloves, packing straps and tubing totalled about 100 kilograms heavier than most human beings, was found in the stomach of a dead whale on a beach in Scotland, the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme reported on its Facebook page Sunday, media reports said.
A sperm whale found dead with 220 pounds of trash in its stomach/Twitter
The animal was too big to be moved, so it was buried on-site.
This is just the latest of several recent reports of whales being found with huge amounts of plastic waste in their stomachs.
This amount of plastic in the stomach demonstrates the hazards that marine litter or discarded fishing gear can cause to marine life.
United Nations Environment Programme reported that the world's oceans now contain an estimated 100 million tonnes of plastic, about 80 to 90 percent of it from land-based sources.
A deal had been reached in May of this year between 180 countries around the world with an aim to reduce the amount of plastic that gets washed into the world's oceans.