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Whale - Latest news on Metro UK Whale dies after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags A sperm whale that washed up on a Spanish beach died after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags. The whale, found dead in the Cabo de Palos area of Murcia in Spain, had an ‘enormous quantity’ of plastic debris in its stomach, according to a statement from the Murcia government. The 10.5 metre-long mammal had ingested a ‘large number of plastic bags,’ it said. The exact cause of death is yet to be determined and the government said it is working with the Spanish Institute of Oceanography to investigate further. Sadly, this isn’t the first time a whale has died due to plastic ingestion. In February, a whale calf was found dead in the Philippines after it had swallowed 40kg (88lbs) of plastic. The number of plastic particles in our oceans is increasing, with an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic entering the oceans each year. Scientists estimate that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. Whale Watching Tips for Beginners Whale watching is a