Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Stomach Of Dead Whale Contained 'Nothing But Nonstop Plastic'

Stomach Of Dead Whale Contained 'Nothing But Nonstop Plastic'

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.

His stomach "had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale", they wrote in the post. 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.

Blatchley, a marine biologist and environmentalist based in the Philippine city of Davao, gathered his team to drive two hours to where the whale had washed up. "Action must be taken by the government against those who continue to treat the waterways and ocean as dumpsters".

The death comes just weeks after the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives released a report on the "shocking" amount of single-use plastic in the Philippines, including almost 60 billion sachets a year. In coming days, the museum will post all the items found in the whale's system, the museum said in a post on its Facebook page.

The necropsy was conducted by scientists at the D' Bone Collector Museum.

"It had been vomiting blood before it died", he said, learning during the necropsy that the cause of death was not natural. Cetaceans - marine mammals including whales, dolphins and porpoises - do not drink ocean water but absorb fresh water through their food, he explained.

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. A month later, a pilot whale swallowed 17 pounds (8 kilograms) of plastic bags in Thai waters.

In the latest case, a Cuvier´s beaked whale died on Saturday in the southern province of Compostela Valley where it was stranded a day earlier, the government´s regional fisheries bureau said.

"This can not continue", Blatchley said, noting the Philippines ranks as the second most plastic-polluted country in the world.

The use of single-use plastic is rampant in south-east Asia.

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