Forget Jonah: This Whale Ate Sweatpants, Surgical Gloves

Beached whale's stomach was full of garbage
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2010 5:46 AM CDT
Updated Apr 24, 2010 8:00 PM CDT
Garbage in stomach of whale found in Seattle
Remi Vincentini, 6, lays flowers next to a dead gray whale that washed up on Arroyo Beach in southwest Seattle on Thursday, April 15, 2010.   (AP Photo/, Joshua Trujillo)

Like that episode of Seinfeld come to life, biologists found a golf ball in the stomach of a gray whale that died after getting stranded on a West Seattle beach on Wednesday—but it gets sadder from there, reports the AP. Though the scientists say most of the whale's stomach contents was algae, typical of the bottom-feeding mammals, the ball was joined by a disturbingly large amount of garbage: sweatpants, more than 20 plastic bags, small towels, duct tape, and surgical gloves. (More beached whale stories.)

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