Plastic Pollution: Whale dies after eating 40 kg of plastic in Philippines

Биологи шокированы объемами мусора в желудке мертвого кита

Blatchley is the founder and owner of the D' Bone Collector Museum, a natural history museum in Davao. Sixteen rice sacks total. "We've done necropsies on 61 dolphins and whales in the last 10 years and this is one of the biggest (amounts of plastic) we've seen".

Last March 15, the Cuvier's Beaked Whale, about 15.4 feet long and seven feet wide, was found stranded along the coastline of Barangay Cadunan in Mabini, Compostela Valley Province.

Since then, plastic trash has been discovered increasingly in the stomachs of dead seabirds and whales.

"Finding the whale like this was tragic".

Said Blatchley to NPR: "It was full of plastic - nothing but nonstop plastic".

"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.

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National Geographic reported that more than 30 whales with plastic debris in their bellies washed up on European beaches in 2016.

Five Asian nations - China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand - accounted for up to 60% of the plastic waste that ends up in oceans, according to a 2015 report by environmental campaigner Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment.

Apparently, all this plastic had fallen into the ocean and was swallowed by the whale, which would have died due to the excess of this material inside.

Whales don't drink water from the ocean, Darrell explained, "It's from the food they eat that they get their fresh water".

It was the most plastic experts at the center have ever found in the stomach of a whale - but deaths of marine mammals from ingesting discarded plastic are far from rare.

It is noted that the use of plastic is a problem for the environment in the countries of South-East Asia. Adding that if the Philippines does not change, nothing will be left. Four of those animals were pregnant, Blatchley said.

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