Dead Whale in Philippines Had 88 Pounds of Plastic in Its Stomach

Dead Whale in Philippines Had 88 Pounds of Plastic in Its Stomach

The whale's corpse was recovered by the D' Bone Collector Museum Inc., a non-governmental organization that recovers and preserves dead animals.

"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.

He noted that among the plastic bags were 16 rice sacks - similar to potato sacks - and plastic bags from local Philippine grocery chains, Gaisano Capital and Gaisano Grocery Outlet. Since then, plastic trash has been discovered increasingly in the stomachs of dead seabirds and whales.

"I was not prepared for the amount of plastic", he told the news outlet.

Environmental groups have tagged the Philippines as one of the world´s biggest ocean polluters due to its reliance on single-use plastic. "Sixteen rice sacks in total". 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.

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.

The museum called on governments to take action against those who "continue to treat waterways and oceans as dumpsters".

Apple unveils new iPad, updates Mini ahead of video streaming launch
There is a high possibility that Apple will most likely launch the Product (Red) versions of the latest iPhone XS and iPhone XS. The new iPad mini and iPad Air are offered in 64GB and 256GB configurations, and come in silver, space gray and gold finishes.

RCom pays Rs 458.77 crore to Ericsson
The judges warned that Ambani would be jailed for three months if 4.5 billion rupees were not stumped up within a month. Shares of RCom closed at Rs 4 apiece on the BSE Monday, 9.30 per cent lower than the previous close.

Ranveer Singh’s gift to Deepika Padukone might make you say eeww!
Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have now become the ideal married couple and their social media PDA is super cute. Deepika and Ranveer tied the knot in a private ceremony at Italy's Lake Como on November 14, 2018.

Plastic waste was recovered from inside the animal.

In Thailand, a whale also died previous year after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags.

Darrel said: "This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale".

He cited several other cases of marine life dying from plastic ingestion, such as the 38-foot juvenile sperm whale that washed ashore on Samal Island in 2016.

A 2017 report by Ocean Conservancy stated that China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam have been dumping more plastic into the ocean than the rest of the world combined.

The death comes just weeks after the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternative released a report on the "shocking" amount of single-use plastic in the Philippines, including almost 60 billion sachets a year.

Related Articles