Pounds Of Plastic Found In Stomach Of Dead Whale In Philippines

Dead whale washed up in Philippines had 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach

40kg of plastic trash found inside dead whale’s stomach in Compostela Valley

"It was so big; the plastic was beginning calcification". "It's disgusting", museum biologists wrote in a Facebook update.

Lindsay Mosher, Oceanic Society's Blue Habits project manager, said in an email to The Post that "this whale's tragic death by plastic is an important wake-up call to the fact that we can and must do more to stop ocean plastic pollution".

A dead whale that washed ashore in the Philippines was found to have 40kg (88lbs) of plastic in its stomach.

Dead whale washed up in Philippines had 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach

The City Fishery Office of the BFAR-Davao Region in its report on Saturday evening said the whale, seen last March 15, 2019, looked "emaciated and weak" and that efforts to push it farther away were futile as it would always go back to shore.

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

In the past decade Mr Blatchley, who runs the D'Bone Collector Museum, has recovered 61 whale and dolphins carcasses.


Darrell Blatchley, environmentalist and director of D' Bone Collector Museum Inc., shows plastic waste found in the stomach of a Cuvier's beaked whale near the Philippine city of Davao.

Although scientists weren't able to ascertain what killed the animal, it was a harsh warning about the dangers of plastic pollution.

The biologists recovered the whale as it was showing signs emaciation and dehydration, stating the whale had been vomiting blood before it died. There was so much plastic in its system that it couldn't get nourishment from food, and so it died from dehydration and starvation.


Last June, a whale died in Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, which weighed up to 8 kg. He said it "had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale".

With no national policies geared toward decreasing this plastic footprint, GAIA and other environmental organizations are "calling on governments and manufacturers to regulate, and stop producing, single-use plastics", as it's estimated 10 companies are responsible for 60 percent of all branded waste collected on the island.

Although distressing, the whale's story isn't a new one.


In June past year, a pilot whale died in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags. Four were pregnant. This can not continue.

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