Huge whale starved to death after swallowing huge amount of nets and rope

These shocking images show a 14-metre whale starved to death after it swallowed fishing gear.

The whale was found washed up on Seilebost beach in Scotland, surrounded by debris. 

The stark images were posted on social media by a local environmental group which has been campaigning for a vast improvement in standards.

The whale – estimated to be around 26 tonnes – was found to have nothing in its intestines, the Daily Record reported.


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The sad drama was played out on the west side of the Isle of Harris on Saturday.

Harrowing images posted online show a huge amount of tangled nets and rope which were removed from the huge mammal after it died.

They were published by the Luskentyre Beach – Isle of Harris Facebook group.


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It said:"It was a sad, sad ending for this juvenile  whale  that was washed up and died on Seilebost beach, 14 meters in length, and estimated to be about 26 tons in weight.

"Whilst the photos are gruesome, they show us the reason for it's untimely demise. Starved to death due to having a stomach full of discarded/accidentally lost fishing nets and debris.

"The intestines had virtually nothing in them as it could no longer process food."

And the group underlined the extent of the problem by highlighting how even more discarded fishing equipment was found on the beach, just a day after the whale tragedy.


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It said: "After seeing the fishing debris pulled from the whale's stomach yesterday, we headed to the beach today to dig out another massive tangle of fishing related rope and net that we had spotted right up at high tide mark.

"Couldn't believe how much was actually there. I feel much better knowing that this can no longer be washed into the ocean potentially killing more aquatic life.

"Every day when we walk along the beach, we pick up debris, but sadly we rarely see anyone else picking anything up. Debris in our oceans is everyone's problem – the fishing industry need to do better, but equally, we all need to do more.

"Watching this today, makes me despair for the environment, totally falling apart around us.

"Ocean plastic debris washes up on a daily basis along the beautiful golden sands of Luskentyre.

"It would be wonderful to see visitors pick up at a few items of rubbish each time they visit. This is a page to share photos of what you carry off the beach."

In April the Record reported how a  humpback whale  had washed up dead on a beach on the other side of the country at Dunbar.

The latest images sparked despairing responses from people posting on the site.

Davina Melton posted: "Lost for words…..very very sad. I think we all feel a bit powerless, we've got so lazy as humans.

"It's hard to go back to inconvenient and expensive when we've all grown up with cheap food and convenience and advances mean we exploit mother nature more, spend more, on more and value things less.

Seonaid McAndrew wrote: "Utterly devastating, these beautiful creatures deserve so much better than this. We MUST turn this around and start looking after this planet's amazing wildlife."

Jane Tuttle said: "How very very sad.. makes me want to cry… what on earth are we doing to this beautiful planet and it's wonderful creatures?"

And Tesni Elisabeth said: "So sad. I wish people would realise the damage they are doing to our planet before it's too late! It only takes a minute to dispose of things properly! Poor baby."

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