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Plastic Spoon Lodged in Whale Shark’s Digestive System
By Joanna Lentini, August 11, 2017 @ 03:50 PM (EST)
Source: Eco Watch

Whale shark and freediver

On Tuesday, an 18-foot whale shark washed ashore on Pamban South Beach, which is located in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Apparently, the dead whale shark had been hit by a large vessel as there was evidence of serious internal injuries. During the autopsy, investigators found a plastic spoon lodged in the whale shark’s digestive tract. The whale shark was buried on the beach on which it washed ashore.

Whale sharks are listed as “Endangered” with the IUCN as populations around the world have decreased 50% in the last seven decades. While whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, they surprisingly filter out the smallest organisms in the water column—plankton. With more and more plastic debris entering our oceans, filter feeders such as the whale shark are almost certainly ingesting our plastic waste.

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