Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

40kg of plastic pulled from dead whale

40kg of plastic pulled from dead whale

Darrell Blatchley, the founder of the museum, later told CNN that he was shocked to see what had come out from within the dead whale.

Amongst the plastic found in the whale's stomach, including 16 rice sacks, 4 banana plantation style bags and multiple shopping bags. 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. "On the second day, it struggled and vomited blood". Whales can not digest the plastic, so as their stomachs fill up with plastic, they might get sick, lose weight, and become unable to hunt.

Blatchley, who is president and founder of D' Bone Collector Museum, a natural history museum in the Philippine city of Davao, said his team received notification on Friday that the carcass of the whale had been found in Mabini, Compostela Valley.

The museum plans to release a full list of the plastic items recovered from the whale carcass. Then, hopefully, fewer whales would die.

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.

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Images posted on Facebook show the whale's corpse being towed to shore, then sheets of plastic being lifted out of its stomach.

"I was not prepared for the amount of plastic", Blatchley said. In Indonesia, a sperm whale had died in November previous year after ingesting 1,000 assorted pieces of plastic, including 115 cups, 25 bags, 4 bottles, shoes, among other things.

"It was so bad the plastic was beginning calcification", he said. Another charity working in the field, Ocean Conservancy, has stated that 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. Four were pregnant. This can not continue.

The whale was found rotting just off the coast of the Wakatobi national park in Southeast Sulawesi and when examined was found to have swallowed just less than six kilograms of plastic waste - including 25 single-use carrier bags, four plastic bottles and 115 cups.

The environmentalist now has called on the Philippines to take plastic pollution seriously.

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