In the coastline of the Philippines, one of the world’s worst plastic polluters, biologists lately found a dying whale that had swallowed over 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of plastic trash.
It is evident that 4.69-meter (15.4-foot) male Cuvier’s beaked whale was discovered on the morning of Friday, March 16 along the shore of Mabini in Compostela Valley, near Davao City in the Phillippines.
According to certain Researchers, D’ Bone Collector Museum headed to the scene and discovered the whale in a frantic state. The whale was vomiting blood. Ultimately, the animal perished and the carcass was taken back to the museum’s facilities later that evening. An autopsy by the team rapidly exposed the whale’s fate.
“I was not prepared for the amount of plastic,” Darrell Blatchley, founder of the D’ Bone Collector Museum, said in a statement given to IFLScience. “40 kilos roughly of rice sacks, grocery bags, banana plantation bags, and general plastic bags. Sixteen rice sacks total.”
Normally, Cetaceans do not drink from the ocean, they obtain fresh water from the food they eat. As a result of the swallowed plastic, the whale fell harshly ill with dehydration and started to starve, resulting in its death.
It is evident that the Philippines is one of the world’s worst offenders when it comes to ocean plastic pollution. According to the Statistics from 2010show that the Philippines pumps 0.75 million tonnes of plastic into the world’s oceans, the third highest quantity of any country. Apart from that, most of the top 10 biggest plastic polluters can be found in Southeast Asia.
Museum hopes to put the skeleton on display as a powerful symbol of the pervasive problem of plastic pollution.
“In the last 10 years, we have recovered 61 whales and dolphins, of which 57 have died due to fishing nets, dynamite fishing, and plastic garbage,” Blatchley said. “Four were pregnant.
“This cannot continue,” he added. “The Philippines needs to change from the children up or nothing will be left.“