Whale Washes Up In The Philipines With 88 Pounds of Plastic Waste In Its Belly
*Darrell Blatchley pulling
A dead whale washed up in the Philippines and marine biologists found a total of 40kg (88 pounds) of plastic waste inside its stomach.
The plastic-choked mammal was a Cuvier’s beaked whale. Its dead body was recovered by workers at D’Bone Collector Museum east of Davao City earlier this month.
In a post on their official Facebook page, the museum management announced the animal was filled with “the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale”.
The plastic menagerie includes sixteen rice sacks as well as “multiple shopping bags”.
“It was so big, the plastic was beginning calcification,” he said.
The incident comes at a time when the Philippines are facing a real plastic apocalypse. In fact, just five Asian nations – China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand account for over sixty percent of the plastic waste that ends up in oceans, a recent survey reveals.
This is the second whale that has been killed by plastic waste in less than a year. In June 2018, a pilot whale was washed up dead in Thailand. The autopsy revealed it had swollen as much as eighty plastic bags.