23rd May 2022 @ 8:39 am

A group of researchers at the Las Palmas University in Gran Canaria have found a used face mask and other plastics inside of a deceased washed up dolphin.

Photo: ULPGC

The result of pollution and littering have been brough to the forefront after researchers from ULPGC found a used face mask and other plastics inside of deceased dolphin that had washed up and become stranded.

The researchers conducted an examination of the female dolphin and found a whole host of man-made materials such as fishing lines, material threads, string, rope and plastic bags inside of the stomach.

We saw the tremendous issue of pollution two years ago when we attended a beach clean-up with the Lanzarote Limpia group, where we found plastics, driftwood, cigarettes, bags, metal cans and millions of shards of glass.

Studies by the Canarian university show that, of the deceased cetaceans found between the years of 2000 – 2016, 7.74% of them were found with plastics inside of them – which caused the death of 2.8% of the deceased animals found.

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