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Sperm whale found dead on Scottish island ‘explodes’ during necropsy, had 220 pounds of trash in stomach

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A sperm whale that stranded and died on the shores of an island in Scotland “exploded” when the mammal was opened up for a necropsy. But what researchers found inside was even more surprising: a 220-pound ball of trash inside its stomach.

The male juvenile whale was discovered Nov. 28 on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) wrote on Facebook. It said researchers from the group weren’t able to reach the whale until 48 hours later.

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The group posted a “briefly alarming” video that showed the whale’s guts blowing out its side after researchers cut into the sea creature for a necropsy.

Whales are well insulated because of their size, allowing their bodies to remain warm in near-freezing temperatures and decompose very quickly, the group said. This sometimes leads to their carcasses “exploding.”

But the giant ball was what really shocked the researchers.

Wrapped in a giant ball was various marine debris, including sections of netting, bundles of rope, plastic cups, bags, gloves, packing straps and tubing that came to weigh about 220 pounds, the group said. The SMASS shared graphic photos of the discovery on its Facebook page.

A sperm whale that stranded and died on the shores of an island in Scotland had a 220-pound ball of trash inside its stomach.
(Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme)

The animal didn’t appear to be in poor condition, the SMASS said. While it was possible that the garbage ball factored into the whale’s live stranding, the group said it couldn’t find evidence it had obstructed its intestines.

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“This amount of plastic in the stomach is nonetheless horrific, must have compromised digestion, and serves to demonstrate, yet again, the hazards that marine litter and lost or discarded fishing gear can cause to marine life.”

The organization said that the trash came from “both the land and fishing sectors” and could have been consumed anywhere between Norway and the Azores, located in the mid-Atlantic Ocean west of Portugal.

Unable to move the 20-ton mammal elsewhere, officials buried it at the beach, SMASS said.

The group said they would continue to investigate why the sea creature had so much debris in its stomach.

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Doncic’s triple-double To Much For The Pistons In Mexico – CBS Detroit

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Luka Doncic’s Spanish was flawless. His game was pretty good, too.

Doncic scored 41 points and posted his eighth triple-double of the season, Seth Curry added a season-high 30 points off the bench and the Dallas Mavericks topped the Detroit Pistons 122-111 on Thursday night in the opener of the NBA Mexico Games.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 12: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates after scoring a three-point shot during a game between Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on December 12, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Doncic finished with 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the Mavericks, who at 17-7 are off to their best 24-game start since posting the same mark at this point of the 2014-15 season.

“He picked us apart,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said.

Curry scored 18 points in the second quarter alone for Dallas. The Mavericks trailed by seven late in the first half, then went on a 14-0 run before intermission and eventually led by as many as 24.

Curry became the first Dallas reserve to score 30 off the bench since Jason Terry had 34 against San Antonio on Jan. 29, 2012.

“Even when Detroit was playing zone, our guys were making an effort to drive-and-kick, drive-and-kick and find Seth ultimately for the shot,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “Real happy for him. He did everything. He drove it. He shot it. He made a couple good plays on the breaks. He made a couple good passes. He was a huge contributor tonight.”

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 12: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates with teammates during a game between Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on December 12, 2019, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Doncic’s eight triple-doubles already match his total from last season. Kristaps Porzingis added 20 points for the Mavericks, who outrebounded Detroit 52-34.

“I think we’re getting better and better every day,” Doncic said. “He’s going to get better. I’m going to get better. And with us two, the team is going to get way better.”

Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Derrick Rose scored 19 points, and Markieff Morris added 16 for Detroit, which got 12 from Tony Snell and 10 apiece from Christian Wood and Blake Griffin.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 12: Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons shots the ball during a game between Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on December 12, 2019, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

“Back to the drawing board,” Casey said. “Dallas is a great team. Rick’s done a heck of a job with that team. But we missed a lot of shots that we normally make. And then defensively, I thought we missed a lot of rotations.”

It was the 29th game in Mexico since 1992, the most of any country other than the U.S. or Canada in that span and came on a night where the NBA announced that Capitanes — a Mexico City-based team in that country’s top pro league — will be joining the G League starting next season.

“Playing out here was incredible,” Drummond said. “The atmosphere was outstanding.”

Doncic addressed the Mexico City crowd pregame — to their delight — in flawless Spanish, before turning the microphone over to Griffin. “Hola, Mexico,” was the extent of Griffin’s Spanish offering, as he grinned and a very amused Doncic looked on standing a few feet away.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 12: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks and Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons during a game between Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on December 12, 2019, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

The night didn’t get much easier for Griffin from there: He shot just 3 for 16, and 1 for 10 from 3-point range.

Doncic, meanwhile, went on to post his second 40-point triple-double of the season. He’s the first player in NBA history to have multiple 40-point triple-doubles before turning 21; he doesn’t celebrate that birthday until Feb. 28.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: It was the third time Dallas played a regular-season game outside of the U.S. or Canada — the Mavs played Houston in 1997-98 and Phoenix in 2016-17, both in Mexico City. … NBA Commissioner Adam Silver misspoke before the game at a news conference, introducing deputy commissioner Mark Tatum as “Mark Cuban” — the Mavs’ owner.

Pistons: Before Thursday, Detroit’s only other regular-season game outside of the U.S. or Canada was Jan. 17, 2013 — a loss to New York in London. … This was only Detroit’s second chance at a three-game winning streak so far this season. The Pistons had won two straight before losing to Milwaukee on Dec. 4, and had won two straight again before Thursday.

AVOCADO WOES

Drummond was a game-time decision because the Pistons said he had an allergic reaction to an avocado. He had swelling around his eyes Wednesday, but played as planned.

SECOND GAME

San Antonio plays Phoenix in Mexico City on Saturday. It’ll count as a home game for the Suns. This is the first time that the NBA has brought four teams to the Mexico games.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Miami on Saturday.

Pistons: Visit Houston on Saturday.

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