A necropsy on a beached whale near Jacksonville, Florida found "multiple plastic bags and braided line in the first stomach chamber."
Media reports indicate that while the official pathology results are still pending, it is more than likely that the ingested plastic bags and debris are the cause of death for this whale.
Matthew Denny, a field coordinator for the Georgia Aquarium field station, told reporters, "We have been treating our oceans like trash for way too long and it's starting to catch up with us."
Environmental groups have long pointed out that wildlife can be impacted from plastic bag ingestion. Whales, turtles, and even camels have been found dead with plastic bags in their stomachs.
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