An 18 foot long whale shark washed up dead on Pamban South Beach in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. Wildlife officials discovered a plastic spoon stuck in the shark’s digestive system, once again raising concerns over the growing plastic pollution in our oceans and how it is impacting marine life.
Talking about the plastic spoon found in the shark’s body, local wildlife ranger S Sathish said: “It is a stark revelation how plastic waste is getting into the marine eco-system. The marine species can’t distinguish between a floating plastic and prey. We should avoid dumping plastic waste inside sea.”
The cause of the shark’s death was found to be heavy internal injuries it suffered either when it hit a rock or a big vessel. Whale sharks fall under the endangered category in the Red List of Threatened Species by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its global population has shrank more than 50 percent over the last 75 years.
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