Dead whale in Compostela Valley had 40 kilograms of plastic in stomach

The dead whale was found to have consumed nearly 90 pounds of plastic bags

The dead whale was found to have consumed nearly 90 pounds of plastic bags

Workers were horrified when they found hundreds of plastic items in the whale's stomach after it washed ashore Compostela Valley, the Philippines, on March 16 just after 5am.

This was the shocking discovery of Davao City-based non-government organization D' Bone Collector Museum, which found the Cuviers beaked whale beached on shore of Sitio Asinan, Barangay Cadunan on Saturday.

Blatchley went on to say that the Philippines ranks as the world's 2nd biggest culprit for plastic pollution and in the last 10 years his team has recovered 61 whales and dolphins of which 57 have died due to fishing nets, dynamite fishing, and plastic garbage.

A 2015 report by environmental campaigner Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment said that more than 50 percent of plastic that ends up in our oceans comes from five countries: Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Scientists said the sheer amount of waste, including 16 rice sacks, 4 banana plantation style bags, and "multiple shopping bags", meant the young mammal died of "gastric shock".

When they recovered the whale, it showed signs it had been vomiting blood before it died.

"I was not prepared for the amount of plastic", Blatchley said. There was so much plastic in its system that it couldn't get nourishment from food, and so it died from dehydration and starvation.

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

The agency and an environmental group performed a necropsy on the animal and found about 40 kilograms of plastic, including grocery bags and rice sacks.

A whale was found dead after swallowing more than 40kg of plastic pollution from the ocean.

The animal died from starvation and was unable to eat because of the trash filling its stomach, said Darrell Blatchley, director of D´ Bone Collector Museum Inc, which helped conduct the examination.

"This can not continue", he said.

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