A sperm whale that washed up on a beach in Spain had 64 pounds of plastic and waste in its stomach

El Valle Wildlife Center found 64 lbs of plastic waste on a young sperm whale.

El Valle Wildlife Center found 64 lbs of plastic waste on a young sperm whale.

When a young sperm whale washed up on a beach in southern Spain, scientists wanted to know what killed it. They now know: waste -- 64 pounds of it. Most of it plastic, but also ropes, pieces of net and other debris lodged in its stomach.

The discovery has prompted authorities in Murcia, Spain, to launch a campaign to clean up its beaches.

"The presence of plastic in the ocean and oceans is one of the greatest threats to the conservation of wildlife throughout the world, as many animals are trapped in the trash or ingest large quantities of plastics that end up causing their death," Murcia's general director of environment, Consuelo Rosauro said in a statement.

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