This exhibition shows plastic from a whale’s stomach


Pieces of plastic recovered from the stomach of a whale have gone on show as part of an exhibition in the Norwegian city of Bergen.

The University Museum of Bergen exhibition aims to draw attention to the pollution of the world’s oceans, and also showcases the latest research into the problem of microplastic.

The six-metre-long whale had to be killed after it was stranded near Sotra, on Norway’s western coast, in January.

During the autopsy on the animal, which weighed more than two tons, researchers found more than 30 plastic bags and other synthetic objects.

Meanwhile, its intestines were empty – the whale was starving. The plastic is thought to have formed a plug in its stomach.

Every year, millions of tons of plastic waste pollute the oceans, presenting a considerable danger for seabirds and marine creatures.