Our oceans are filling with plastic, which in turn is filling up the bellies of the creatures in the sea.
Recently, researchers examined seven beluga whales harvested by Inuvialuit hunters in Canada. This month they reported that they’d found microplastics in the digestive systems of every whale.
“Our observation that that microplastics were present in every individual beluga we sampled underscores the global nature of this emerging pollutant, and the vulnerability of remote regions to contamination,” researchers wrote in a paper published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin.
Microplastics aren’t the only concern; this year we’ve seen several whales wash …