The specimen, belonging to the porbeagle species, was found by marine scientists from the University of New England (United States). The plastic tape began to cut her skin to the muscle.
A group of marine scientists from the University of New England (United States) found a severely injured shark off the coast of Maine. A band of plastic rings, around the neck, cut his skin to the muscle. (Read: Producing plastic would be responsible for an eighth of greenhouse gases by 2050)
Dr. James Sulikowski and members of the Sulikowski Laboratory of Shark and Fish Research sailed the coast in order to collect samples for research. When they observed the specimen, two meters long, they managed to follow the line of bait towards the bait. Then, they tied it up to begin the sampling procedure.
As the shark approached, they noticed that something was not right. “We realized that he had an unusual injury, a piece of plastic that was lodged around her neck since he was young. ” As he grew older, the plastic began to cut his skin to the muscle, if we did not remove it, I would have died safely, “the lab reported on social media. (You may be interested: Plastic multiplied by ten from the year 2000 )
The group of scientists explained that the plastic was around the gills, cutting their skin and muscles. Sulikowski said that they do not know where the tape came from, but, by its characteristics, it seems that it is one of those used to close bait boxes for commercial fishing.
The scientists cut the tape and put a satellite device in the fin to track its recovery. “We decided to call her Destiny because she is a survivor,” the entity added. (You can read: With a monster made of plastic Greenpeace protests about contamination of Nestle )
Sulikowski said the porbeagle shark is a vulnerable species that is at risk of global extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. In Canada, it is already considered an endangered species and, in the United States, it is on the list of endangered animals.
Two weeks after finding Destiny, the lab shared the progress of the recovery in its social networks. They ensure that he is in good health.
Source: El Espectador