Friday, 26 April, 2019

Dead whale's belly has 40 kilos of plastic trash

The autopsy reveals more than 88 pounds of waste in the young whale's stomach D'BONE COLLECTOR MUSEUMThe autopsy reveals more than 88 pounds of waste in the young whale's stomach
Sandra Phillips | 18 March, 2019, 23:36

The museum team who performed the operation said it's the most plastic the group has ever seen in a whale.

"Marine pollution arising from plastic debris and other forms of garbage choking our waterways worsen our environmental problems", said representative of Surigao del Norte Rep, Robert Ace Barbers, according to The Philippine Star.

The Cuvier's beaked whale was found dead in the Compostela Valley earlier in March; an autopsy was carried out by staff from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Fishery Management Regulatory Division, led by marine biologist Darrell Blatchley, who owns D'Bone Collector Museum, and Dr Elaine Belvis where the shocking discovery was made. Sixteen rice sacks total.

Over the past decade, D' Bone Collector Museum has recovered 57 whales and dolphins that have died after consuming plastic garbage and fishing nets, of which four were pregnant.

The museum will post a full list of the items found in the whale over the next few days.

A young whale whose carcass washed up in the Philippines died of "dehydration and starvation" after consuming 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of plastic bags, scientists have found.

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He noted that there were so many plastic bags in the animal's stomach that some had begun to calcify.

A 2017 study predicted a spike in plastic-related waste over the next decade, further highlighting potential future harm to marine life.

As the whale was no longer able to consume large amounts of food due to the ingested plastic, it died of "dehydration and starvation", Blatchley said.

"Upon reaching the stomach during the autopsy I knew this whale had died due to plastic ingestion".

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.

Five Asian nations - China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand - accounted for up to 60% of the plastic waste that ends up in oceans, according to a 2015 report by environmental campaigner Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment.

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