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

Staff at D Bone Collector Museum Inc. in Davao Philippines examine the contents of a dead whale's stomach

"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. "I was not prepared for the amount of plastic", he added.

There were 16 rice sacks among the plastic debris recovered from the whale's insides, as well as dozens of plastic bags.

In Thailand, a whale also died a year ago after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags.

This is only the latest incident of a whale being found dead after ingesting a significant amount of plastic.

The animal died from starvation and was unable to eat because of the trash filling its stomach, said Darrell Blatchley, director of D' Bone Collector Museum Inc., which helped conduct the examination.

In a post on Facebook, D'Bone Collector Museum announced the whale's cause of death and shared photos which showed some of the items found in its stomach, before urging the government to take action on plastic pollution.

Darrell Blatchley removes plastic from a dead whale.

Children play on a beach covered in plastic waste in the Philippines
Children play on a beach covered in plastic waste in the Philippines

The whale's death comes shortly after a March 7 Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) report found Filipinos "use more than 163 million plastic sachet packets, 48 million shopping bags and 45 million thin film bags daily".

The whale's corpse was recovered by the D' Bone Collector Museum Inc., a non-governmental organization that recovers and preserves dead animals.

A 2017 report by the nonprofit environmental advocacy group Ocean Conservancy found that the majority of plastic waste enters the ocean from five countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

"It was full of plastic - nothing but non-stop plastic", he said.

It was dehydrated, emaciated and had been vomiting blood.

Blatchley explained that cetaceans, which are aquatic mammals such as whales or dolphins, don't drink water from the ocean but rather get access to fresh water from the food they consume. Four were pregnant. This can not continue.

Joe Palma, the president and chief executive of the World Wide Fund for Nature in the Philippines, cited single-use plastics, the difficulty of recycling and a lack of local laws as factors contributing to the pollution.

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