Porpoise Lost Her Life with Muzzle Wrapped Around Its Mouth Preventing It from Feeding
9A larger incident involving a sperm whale
In 2018 an even worse incident occurred that made headline news all over the internet. A gigantic sperm whale was found dead in Wakatobi National Park with 6 kg of plastic in its stomach. It had already begun decomposing when it was found. The amount of plastic trash that was found in its stomach is horrendous to say the least.
10A huge amount of plastic trash was found
When the whale’s stomach was opened up, the content mainly plastic trash just gushed out. Researchers found 19 pieces of hard plastic, 115 drinking cups, pieces of string, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and two flip-flops. The animal was almost 31 feet long and found floating just off Kapota Island in Wakatobi National Park. The discovery has alarmed several environmentalists where Dwi Suprapti, a marine species conservation co-coordinator at WWF Indonesia said “Although we have not been able to deduce the cause of death, the facts that we see are truly awful.”
11Plastic is taking over the ocean
Plastic pollution is killing of hundreds of marine life every year. In addition to the sperm whale, another whale was found dead off the coast of Thailand with 80 plastic bags in its stomach. Environmental reports have said that plastic pollution in the oceans could triple in a decade. The UN said that marine life was facing “irreparable damage” from the 8 million tons of plastic being dumped in the ocean every year.
12Marine life is choking on plastic
Take a look at this loggerhead turtle entangled in an old plastic fishing net in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Spain. Although it can stretch its neck above water to breathe, it would have died anyway if the photographer of the picture had not freed it. Irresponsible and derelict fishing gear poses a huge threat to marine animals such as turtles.
13Hermit crab forced to hide in trash
Hermit crabs on Okinawa usually hide in seashells to protect their soft abdomen but beachgoers collecting the large shells make this impossible making crabs resort to trash for their needs. The big question we need to ask ourselves is do we want a planet or do we want plastic? There is much we can do to reduce plastic pollution if only we make up our minds to do it.