Emaciated Whale Washes Up On Shore with 40 Kgs of Plastic Trash in Its Stomach
9The plastic had started to calcify
Cetaceans like the Cuvier beaked whale do not drink water from the ocean and require fresh water from food sources. The whale fell extremely ill because of the huge amount of plastic ingestion and soon began to starve. Lack of water and food led to dehydration and its ultimate demise. Blatchley said the plastic garbage had actually begun to calcify inside the whale’s gut.
10Not the first whale to have succumbed to plastic poison
The Philippines may be a very proud nation but they are by no means a model nation when it comes to marine pollution. The Museum on its social media account said “ it’s disgusting. Action must be taken by the government against those who continue to treat the waterways and ocean as dumpsters.”
Just four months ago, a sperm whale washed up on the Indonesian shore dead. It was found to have ingested almost 6 kg of plastic in its stomachs that included flip flops and drinking cups. Another whale washed up dead on Thailand found 80 pieces of plastic trash weighing 8 kg in its stomach.
11The worst offenders of marine plastic pollution
The Philippines incidentally is the worst offender in the world when it comes to polluting the oceans with plastic. Statistics as far back as 2010 show that the country pumped 0.83 million tons of plastic into the world’s oceans. The 5 biggest contributors to plastic pollution in the oceans are China,
12The three offenders account for 60% of the world’s plastic pollution in oceans
According to Greenpeace, the top three contributors to plastic pollution in the oceans are China, Indonesia
13A horrible reality that needs immediate action
Plastic pollution is by far one of the deadliest