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Record number 509493
Title Large amounts of marine debris found in sperm whales stranded along the North Sea coast in early 2016
Author(s) Unger, Bianca; Bravo Rebolledo, Elisa; Deaville, Rob; Gröne, Andrea; IJsseldijk, Lonneke L.; Leopold, Mardik F.; Siebert, Ursula; Spitz, Jérôme; Wohlsein, Peter; Herr, Helena
Source Marine Pollution Bulletin 112 (2016)1-2. - ISSN 0025-326X - p. 134 - 141.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.08.027
Department(s) IMARES Onderzoeksformatie
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Anthropogenic impact - Fishing related debris - Marine debris ingestion - Pathological findings - Physeter macrocephalus - Plastics
Abstract

30 sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) stranded along the coasts of the North Sea between January and February 2016. The gastro-intestinal tracts of 22 of the carcasses were investigated. Marine debris including netting, ropes, foils, packaging material and a part of a car were found in nine of the 22 individuals. Here we provide details about the findings and consequences for the animals. While none of the items was responsible for the death of the animal, the findings demonstrate the high level of exposure to marine debris and associated risks for large predators, such as the sperm whale.

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