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Sperm whales traveling in a pod. Source: Gabriel Barathieu on Wikimedia Commons.

A Junkyard in the Belly of a Whale

Carrie McDonough

A candy wrapper, plastic bags, car parts, packing materials, and fishing gear… it sounds like a list of things you might come across at a landfill or a junkyard, but actually it’s what researchers have found in the bellies of sperm whales. Scientists from Germany, the Netherlands, and France went searching to find out what’s in the belly of a whale, but they didn’t find Pinocchio. Instead, they found a slew of marine debris discarded from human activities.

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