31 Dec '15, 7pm
This beached orca died with a stomach full of garbage
Dr. Gwenith Penry, a marine biologist with the Plett Stranding Network, posted photos of the orca’s stomach contents on Facebook . The orca, she wrote, had been slowly starving with a stomach full of discarded food wrappers, yogurt cups, and even part of a shoe. At the moment, it isn’t clear whether consuming the garbage is what killed the orca, or if the orca had moved closer to shore due to an illness and simply eaten whatever was nearby. Either way, the photos are shocking.