Dead whales found with 88 lbs. of plastic in stomach

Staff at D Bone Collector Museum Inc. in Davao Philippines examine the contents of a dead whale's stomach

A young whale that washed up in the Philippines died from "gastric shock" after ingesting 40kg of plastic bags.

In a Facebook post, staff at D'Bone Collector Museum called it disgusting, and that it was the most plastic they'd ever seen in a whale.

The Philippines is the third-largest source of discarded plastic that ends up in the ocean, just behind two other Asian nations, China and Indonesia, according to a 2015 report released by Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment.

He said they found in the belly of the 15.4-foot whale, 16 rice sacks, four bags similar to those used in banana plantations, and multiple shopping bags, among others.

In yet another horrifying example of man-made factors wreaking havoc in the maritime ecosystem, a Cuvier beaked whale washed up dead at a Philippines beach recently and subsequent investigation revealed that it had 40 kilos of plastic bags inside its body.

The biologists recovered the whale as it was showing signs emaciation and dehydration, stating the whale had been vomiting blood before it died. Cetaceans - marine mammals including whales, dolphins and porpoises - do not drink ocean water but absorb fresh water through their food, he explained.

The use of single-use plastic is rampant in south-east Asia.

"It was so bad the plastic was beginning calcification".

Children play on a beach covered in plastic waste in the Philippines
Children play on a beach covered in plastic waste in the Philippines

He added that plastic pollution blocks waterways across the country and worsens natural disasters, like floods, especially during the rainy season.

The WWF predicts that because the increase of plastic usage has overwhelmed the capacity of waste management, "ocean plastic leakage will remain above nine million metric tons per year until 2030".

The Philippines has been deemed one of the "world's leading plastic polluters".

In August 2018, Blatchley also performed a necropsy on a dead whale shark, which beached in Tagum City.

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

The Cuvier's beaked whale was recovered by workers from D'Bone Collector Museum east of Davao City earlier in March.

"This can not continue", Blatchley said, noting the Philippines ranks as the second most plastic-polluted country in the world.

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