Dead Whales Are Showing Up Bringing Us A Message The Entire World Should See


This has awakened curiosity in the minds of lots of people about the role environmentalists play in creating awareness of the harm being done to the planet, since the onset of industrial revolution and technological advancement almost three centuries ago. The dumping of toxic industrial waste and oil spillage into our water bodies and oceans has plagued our fish and wild life that depend on them, for sustenance and habitat. This has affected the ecosystem in many ways and tipped the balance of our ecosystem. There are numerous ways to operate in a manner that is not destructive to our planet. Nevertheless, mankind continues to gradually degrade the planet by irresponsible practices which we indulge in on a daily basis. An end needs to be put to these types of practices for the benefit of posterity. It is interesting to note that the work of environmentalists is beginning to pay off as a lot of people are beginning to realize the harm being done to the planet and are demanding governments to enact responsible environmental laws to safe guard the health of our planet. This dramatic shift is a stepping stone towards change and offers hope in the preservation of planet earth.

An important message is being communicated to the world by the appearance of dead whales: they bring us a message with stomachs full of plastic. This has occurred times without number. In the Northern Island of the Netherlands, the Island of Tershelling, a sperm whale was stranded in the summer of 2013. This particular whale has consumed 56 different plastic items which totaled over 37 pounds. In another incidence, on a west Seattle beach, a grey whale died in April 2010 after becoming stranded. It was later discovered to have over 20 plastic bags, small towels, surgical gloves, plastic pieces, duct tape, and a whole lot more in its stomach. Moreover, in the southern coast line of Spain, a dead sperm whale, which had swallowed 17kg of plastic waste, washed up dead in March 2013.

Bear in mind that these statistics are of whales that choose to beach themselves, or were eventually washed ashore. A question in mind is how many whales and marine beings were not washed ashore and not counted?

In 1989, in the Lavezzi Island, a stranded sperm whale died of stomach obstruction after it ingested plastic bags and 100 feet of plastic sheeting. In 1990, a paper published reported that in Iceland, a sperm whale died due to an obstruction of its guts with plastic marine debris. In California, in the month of August 2008, a sperm whale washed up dead on the beach near Point Reyes, and in its stomach was found 450 pounds of fishing nets, plastic bags and ropes. In the same year, the California Marine Mammal Stranding Database reported another sperm whale that was found with a huge amount of plastics and fishing net in its stomach.

The Great Garbage Patch is an area the size of Queensland Australia, which has almost one million tonnes of plastic spread throughout the ocean. If you drag a net in any part of this area, you are bound to pick up toxic waste and discarded plastic.

The Fukushima disaster in Japan as well as the famous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2004 has had a dangerous effect on fish and wild life in our oceans. These activities and countless others should be sufficient to attract the attention of all and sundry. The world cannot continue in this present part without paying attention to these events. It is high time the world leaders came together and demand a change in the way do business in our oceans and water bodies. The time to act is now.

There is a widespread desire to change these things. It is time to embrace an educational campaign to enlighten the general public about what is really happening to our planet. It is hoped that such an enlightenment campaign would bring awareness to everyone about the important issues that we need to face today. This is the reason why alternative media outlets are very important. They create awareness and shed light on the issues that the corporate media houses would not talk about since they are funded by most lobbyists that have their own agenda.

There is a call to change our ways and change starts with you.

Furthermore, we all need to pay attention and demand a massive transformation for our planet’s sake. We must demand that big corporations and large fishing vessels must put an end to the dumping of toxic waste and plastics in our ocean bodies. We need to invest in newer, cleaner and greener technology that has the potentials of preserving our environment. With these and many more solutions, all we have to do is to put them to work and preserve our environment, as well as our marine life and ocean bodies.

Credits:, by Arjun Walia

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