This whale was found with nothing but plastic in its stomach. Including 40kg's of shopping bags!
A whale was found with literally nothing but plastic in its gut, this included 40kg's of compacted shopping bags.
A young Cuvier’s beaked whale was found washed up on the coast in the Philippines on Friday 15th March, weak and vomiting blood.
Within a few hours it died.
When he performed the necropsy, marine biologist Darrell Blatchley wasnt surprised to learn the whale’s killer was plastic. It is a common cause of death now.
He was surprised however by how densely packed the plastic was… so much so that there wasn’t room to fit any food in the whale’s stomach.
“It was full of plastic — nothing but nonstop plastic,” Blatchley told NPR. “It was compact to the point that its stomach was literally as hard as a baseball.”
“That means that this animal has been suffering not for days or weeks but for months or even a year or more,” he added.
The majority of the 40 kilograms of plastic he found was plastic bags including shopping bags (from grocery chains in the Philippines), large rice sacks and banana plantation sacks.
Blatchley and his team work with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and to assist in rescue and recovery of marine animals in the Philippines.
“Within the last 10 years, we have recovered 61 whales and dolphins just within the Davao Gulf,” he said. “Of them, 57 have died due to man made causes — whether they ingested plastic or fishing nets or other waste, or gotten caught in pollution.”
Of the 9 million tonnes of plastic that end up in the ocean each year, more than half comes from just FIVE countries — China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
“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.
Story courtesy of https://returntonow.net/