Marine Biologists Pull 88 Pounds of Plastic from Whale's Stomach

Dead whale found with 40 kilograms of plastic in its guts

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"So in the case of this whale, it was death by dehydration and starvation".

The whale, found in Mabini, Compostela Valley, was taken to the museum for a necropsy and it was determined that it had died from ingesting plastic.

Mr Blatchley and other marine biologists at the the D'Bone Museum in Davao City have recovered 61 whales and dolphins in the last 10 years, but said that their latest discovery was "the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale".

"I was not prepared for the amount of plastic", Blatchley said.

Just some of the 40kg, or 88 pounds, of plastic pulled from a Cuvier's beaked whale near the Philippines on Saturday. Sixteen rice sacks total.

"Following this incident, we urge the general public and all concerned government entities to support the Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan, a holistic program of the DA-BFAR, which would ensure that our seas and oceans are free of plastics and other harmful pollutants", it said.

"The Philippine people are a proud people, sadly it's not in being clean or taking care of the environment".

Dead whale found with 40 kilograms of plastic in its guts

Abigail Aguilar, campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia - Philippines, said today: "The frequency on which marine animals are dying due to plastic ingestion is alarming". Adding that if the Philippines does not change, nothing will be left.

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

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

A 2017 report by Ocean Conservancy stated that China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam have been dumping more plastic into the ocean than the rest of the world combined.

A Cuvier's beaked whale was the most recent victim of ocean pollution in Philippine waters.

"This is not just a cause for alarm, this must be an urgent call for quick, effective, sustainable and large-scale action against plastic pollution".

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