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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Dead Sperm Whale Tanka

No More Fairy Tales, V

in the twilight chill
a sperm whale motionless
on the rocky shore
inside its stomach a knee-high
mound of fishing nets

FY: According to the Marine Animal Response Society's executive director, Tonya Wimmer, it is easy for sperm whales to ingest trash because “they use their mouths like a vacuum” while feeding. And thecloser inspection shows it died a slow, painful death caused by eating “garbage.” For more, see Miami Herald, Nov. 21: "Upsetting" discovery made in belly of whale on Nova Scotia beach, researchers say.

And for more, see my "Special Feature" post, Poems Selected to Challenge these "Talks" at COP 27