Dead Philippines whale had 40kg of plastic in stomach

Cheryl Sanders
March 20, 2019

"I knew this whale had died due to plastic ingestion", Blatchley, president and founder of the D' Bone Collector Museum, told The Washington Post, noting that the animal showed telltale signs of dehydration and emaciation. Sixteen rice sacks total.

Recovered from inside the beaked whale were 16 rice sacks, four plastic bags used in banana plantations, multiple shopping bags, and hundreds of other small pieces of plastic packaging.

According to Fox News, the body of the whale was recovered by the museum on March 16 on the shore of the Philippines' Compostela Valley province. "It's disgusting", Mr Blatchley said.

So much plastic was in its stomach, and had been there for a such long time, that the young whale had died of dehydration and starvation.

The problem also plagues the archipelago's neighbours, with a sperm whale dying in Indonesia past year with almost six kilograms of plastic waste discovered in its stomach.

A dead whale with nearly 100 pounds of plastic in its stomach washed up ashore in the Philippines, raising concerns from environmental activists.

A whale was found to have died after consuming 40 kilograms of plastic, one of the largest amounts removed from the stomach of a marine mammal.

Marine biologists and volunteers from the D'Bone Collector Museum in Davao City, on the Philippine island of Mindanao say the 4.69 metre whale died from "gastric shock" after ingesting 40kgs worth of plastic bags.

He said 57 animals, including four pregnant ones, had died from fishing nets, dynamite fishing, and plastic. She said people could help prevent plastic pollution by taking resuable bags to the supermarket and using glass containers to transport and store food. As the whale had ingested a lot of plastic, it could not eat any food.

The museum called on governments to take action against those who "continue to treat waterways and oceans as dumpsters".

The use of single-use plastic is rampant in south-east Asia. According to a 2017 study from the environmental group Ocean Conservancy, more than half of that waste comes from just five countries in East and Southeast Asia - China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

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