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Pollutants may have led to death of rare whale in Tralee Bay

Dec 7, 2022 13:12 By radiokerrynews
Pollutants may have led to death of rare whale in Tralee Bay Pollutants may have led to death of rare whale in Tralee Bay
True's Beaked Whale - Brandon Beach. Photo courtesy of Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
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The disposal of waste in our oceans is having a huge impact on sealife.

That’s according to Mags Daly, who is Shannon Dolphin Officer for the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, and a post-mortem biologist for the group.

It follows the death of a rare True’s Beaked Whale in Tralee Bay recently. (Sunday the 27th of November)

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The whale beached in Brandon Bay; a post-mortem found evidence of plastics and domestic waste in the mammal's stomach – including a toothbrush and a rusted fishhook.

Ms Daly says plastic and chemical pollutants are huge threats to the ecosystem of whales and dolphins.

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