Sharks are getting tangled up in plastic rubbish and dying in horrific pain, scientists reveal
Fonte: Metro UK
Hundreds of sharks have been found tangled in plastic waste discarded by humanity.
Scientists have uncovered evidence which shows the iconic carnivores are becoming entangled in discarded plastic and suffering appalling injuries which can sometimes be fatal. University of Exeter researchers examined published studies and Twitter for shark and ray entanglements and found reports of more than ‘1,000 entangled individuals’.
The true number of sharks and rays who find themselves in the jaws of our species plastic pollution is likely to be much higher, as few academics have explored this topic. We already know about the grim effect waste is having on whales, which was vividly depicted in Blue Planet II which captured footage of a mother pilot whale grieving for her dead calf who was killed by plastic pollution.
‘One example in the study is a shortfin mako shark with fishing rope wrapped tightly around it,’ said Kristian Parton, of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation on Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall.
‘The shark had clearly continued growing after becoming entangled, so the rope – which was covered in barnacles – had dug into its skin and damaged its spine.
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