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Source: CBS News

Dead whale had 115 plastic cups and 2 flip-flops in its stomach

Today 16:21 GMT

A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking 115 plastic cups and two flip-flops, a park official said Tuesday.

Santoso said researchers from wildlife conservation group WWF and the park's conservation academy found about 13 pounds of plastic waste in the animal's stomach, including four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, a nylon sack and more than 1,000 other assorted pieces of plastic.

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Source: DW

Plastic-filled sperm whale carcass washes ashore in Indonesia

Tuesday 21:51 GMT

Officials at Wakatobi park, where the sperm whale was found, said the carcass would be buried and the remains would be used for scientific purposes at a local marine research center.

"As the sperm whale that died off Indonesia had eaten flip-flops, bottles, bags and 115 drinking cups, we should keep in mind that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans if we don't act now," tweeted the Green Party at the European Parliament.

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Source: DW

Italy moves to impound Aquarius migrant ship for 'illicit waste management'

Today 11:45 GMT

Prosecutors in the Sicilian city of Catania said they documented the illegal disposal of 24,000 kilograms of waste by the Aquarius and another MSF ship, the Vos Prudence, between January 2017 and May 2018.

Italian prosecutors requested the seizure of the Aquarius on Tuesday for alleged anomalies in its disposal of on-board waste. The ship's operators slammed the move as a "disproportionate and unfounded measure purely aimed at further criminalizing lifesaving medical-humanitarian action at sea."


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