‘It’s disgusting’: Whale found with almost 100 pounds of plastic in stomach

‘It’s disgusting’: Whale found with almost 100 pounds of plastic in stomach

A Cuvier's beaked whale recovered by workers at D'Bone Collector Museum recovered east of Davao City, in the Phillipines was found to have 40kg of plastic in its stomach.

A dead sperm whale washed up in Indonesia last November with 100 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and even a couple of flip-flops inside its stomach.

"If we keep going this way, it will be more uncommon to see an animal die of natural causes than it is to see an animal die of plastic", he said. "It's disgusting", the museum said.

The group then urged the government to take action against people who dump their trash in the ocean. He warned that the crisis often remains "out of sight and mind" except when animals such as this are recovered and examined.

The Cuvier's beaked whale found last Friday was subjected by Darrel Blatchley, founder of the D'Bone Collector Museum, to a necropsy which revealed that its belly was filled with over 16 pieces of sacks, grocery bags, and other garbage.

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The NGO, aided by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, detailed in a Saturday Facebook post that at least 16 rice sacks, four plantation-style banana bags and several shopping bags were just some of the items retrieved from the creature's insides.

Mr Blatchley told the Press Association: "Upon reaching the stomach I knew this whale had died due to plastic ingestion".

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.

Cetaceans, Blatchley explained, don't drink water directly from the ocean but take it from the food they consume. "It had been there for so long it had started to compact", he said, adding that it was the worst plastic pollution he'd ever seen in an animal's body. In June a year ago, a whale died in Thailand after 8 kg of plastic was found in its stomach, clogging up its internal system and restricting its movement. "The Philippines needs to change from the children up or nothing will be left", he shared.

Joel Palma, the president and chief executive of the World Wide Fund for Nature in the Philippines, said there was no single factor causing the Philippines' outsize plastic pollution.

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