Dead Whale Found With 80 Pounds of Plastic Bags In Its Stomach

first_imgStay on target Marine biologists were stunned to find that a dead male Cuvier’s beaked whale that washed up in the Philippines had ingested more than 80 pounds of plastic bags.The D’Bone Collector Museum in Davao City, in the Philippine island of Mindanao said in a Facebook post Sunday that they found “40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) of plastic bags, 16 rice sacks, four banana plantation-style bags, and multiple shopping bags” in the whale’s stomach after conducting an autopsy. “This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale,” the museum said in the post.Images posted by the museum on Facebook showed a numerous piles of trash being removed from inside the whale, which was recovered on March 16. Officials said the juvenile whale died from “gastric shock.”Darrell Blatchley of the D’Bone Collector Museum pulls plastic out of the male Cuvier’s beaked whale. (Photo Credit: D’Bone Collector Museum/Facebook)Darrell Blatchley, who owns the D’Bone Collector Museum, told the Guardian that in the 10 years they have examined dead whales and dolphins, 57 of them were found to have died due to accumulated rubbish and plastic in their stomachs.In recent years, marine biologists and ocean activists have grown alarmed about the seaborne plastic that fouls the shorelines. The use of of single-use plastic is particularly rampant in Southeast Asia.Late last year, a dead sperm whale washed up in Indonesia and was found to have ingested 1,000 pieces of plastic.According to a study published in the journal Science in February 2015, China, Indonesia, and the Philippines are the world’s top sources of plastic bottles, bags, and other trash clogging up global sea lanes.More on Geek.com:Dead Whale With 1,000 Pieces of Plastic in Stomach Found in IndonesiaWatch: Dead Humpback Whale Discovered in Brazilian JungleConservationists Capture Rare Footage of Giant Pangolins in the Wildcenter_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img

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