Pounds Of Plastic Found In Stomach Of Dead Whale In Philippines


A dead sperm whale washed up in Indonesia last November with 100 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and even a couple of flip-flops inside its stomach.

Images from the autopsy showed endless piles of rubbish being extracted from the sea mammal's stomach, as the biologists called it "disgusting" and said it was "the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale".

"It was so bad the plastic was beginning calcification", Blatchley told Euronews, "Cetaceans do not drink water from the ocean, they get fresh water from the food they eat, so in the case of this whale, death by dehydration and starvation".

A dead whale with nearly 100 pounds of plastic in its stomach washed up ashore in the Philippines, raising concerns from environmental activists.

"I was not prepared for the amount of plastic", the museum's founder and president, Darrell Blatchley, told broadcaster CNN.

There were 16 rice sacks in its stomach, as well as "multiple shopping bags". "Sixteen rice sacks in total".

Blatchley had said that the ingestion of plastic kills marine animals because these block their gills and stomachs. 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. He added: "Doing this is not just for our gain but mainly to give education and for people to realise how magnificent these animals are".

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Shocking images show the amount of plastic the whale had swallowed.

By the time marine biologist Darrell Blatchley arrived at the fishing village Saturday, the young Cuvier's beaked whale was already floating, dead in the water, its eyes sunken and ribs protruding through its skin.

In June past year, a pilot whale died in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags.

"This can not continue", he said.

In June a year ago, a pilot whale was found dead in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags.

Blatchley and his team work with BFAR and other organizations to assist in rescue and recovery of marine animals. "The Philippines needs to change from the children up or nothing will be left".