Dead whale found with 40 kilograms of plastic bags in its stomach

Shocking images show the amount of plastic the whale had swallowed. Credit D'Bone Collector Museum

Shocking images show the amount of plastic the whale had swallowed. Credit D'Bone Collector Museum

Darrell Blatchley received a call from the Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Acquatic Resources (BFAR) early Friday morning to report that they had a young Cuvier's beaked whale that was weak and vomiting blood. "We have done necropsies on 61 dolphins and whales in the last 10 years and this is one of the biggest [amounts of plastic] we have seen", Blatchley told AFP.

Last November, a sperm whale was discovered in Indonesia with a large plastic mass inside its stomach that included "115 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops, a nylon sack, and more than 1,000 other assorted pieces of plastic", the Associated Press reported.

Over the past decade, D' Bone Collector Museum has recovered 57 whales and dolphins that have died after consuming plastic garbage and fishing nets, of which four were pregnant.

"Forty kilos roughly of rice sacks, grocery bags, banana plantation bags, and general plastic bags". The museum will release a full list of the items found in the whale over the next couple of days.

In August 2018, Blatchley also performed a necropsy on a dead whale shark, which beached in Tagum City.

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In a Facebook post, the museum said the animal was filled with "the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale". "It's disgusting. Action must be taken by the government against those who continue to treat the waterways and ocean as dumpsters".

Shocking images show the amount of plastic the whale had swallowed. Darrel said workers would continue sifting through the whale's guts to identify the plastic which had clogged its stomach.

According to a World Wildlife Foundation report published this year, if humans don't curb their pollution habits now, the amount of plastic garbage discarded into the environment will double by 2030, with the most visible impact hitting oceans.

The use of throwaway plastic is a particular problem in some South East Asian countries, including the Philippines.

Although scientists weren't able to ascertain what killed the animal, it was a harsh warning about the dangers of plastic pollution.

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