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The Garbage Whales Are Eating

 by Michael Rowe


Tags: Environment, High Country News, oceans, trash, gray whale,

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High Country News has published an interactive report about the contents of a stranded gray whale’s stomach. The whale was 37 feet long, so there was room for plastic bags, duct tape, assorted clothing, and a Capri Sun juice pack, among other things. HCN puts it all in a global perspective, offering stats on the items most frequently found drifting in the oceans. The only thing more ubiquitous than plastic bags? Cigarettes. Which would be fine, but smoking whales just go extinct faster.

Source: High Country News

Congratulations to High Country News, which won a 2010 Utne Independent Press Award for environmental coverage.

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