By George Martin For Mailonline
Published: 15:21 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 15:21 BST, 1 April 2019
A pregnant sperm whale which washed up on the Italian coast had 49lbs of plastic debris in its stomach.
The enormous animal washed up on the beach in Sardinia, Italy, last week and was found to have had 22 kilograms (49 pounds) of plastic in its stomach when examined by specialists.
It was also carrying a dead foetus - according to Sergio Costa, Italy's environment minister.
The dead sperm whale being hoisted out of the water after it washed up on the coast of Sardinia
Experts discovered a vast amount of