Whale found dying off coast of Norway with 30 plastic bags in its stomach 

Scientists in Norway found more than 30 plastic bags and other plastic waste inside the stomach of a whale stranded off the coast.

At a glance | Plastic in our seas

  • Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic debris such as bags, bottles and food packaging seeps into our oceans
  • As plastic degrades slowly, it pollutes the oceans for a long time
  • It breaks down into fragments called micro-plastics, which are ingested by sea life
  • It can badly affect living organisms as they become entangled in or injest it, and they can become choked or poisoned
  • Researchers estimate the amount of plastic in the ocean is set to increase ten-fold by 2020
  • And there could be more plastic than life in our seas by 2050

Source: Whale found dying off coast of Norway with 30 plastic bags in its stomach