Dead whale found with 1000 pieces of plastic in stomach

Dead whale found with 1000 pieces of plastic in stomach

Dead whale found with 1000 pieces of plastic in stomach

Marine conservation officials said it was not possible to determine if the plastic had caused the whale's death because of the animal's advanced state of decay.

"It's really troubling to think that we may, down the road, start to have some of our sperm whales wash ashore with stomachs full of plastic".

In a tweet, WWF Indonesia gave the breakdown of what was found inside the animal: "Hard plastic (19 pieces, 140g), plastic bottles (4 pieces, 150g), plastic bags (25 pieces, 260g), flip-flops (2 pieces, 270g), pieces of string (3.26kg) & plastic cups (115 pieces, 750g)".

All this plastic refuse had coalesced into a clump in the 9.5-metre (31.17-foot) whale's stomach.

Trites said similar whale deaths have been observed in Spain and Germany, and while B.C.has far cleaner waters than Indonesia, "it is just a matter of time before one of our sperm whales washes ashore with a stomach full of plastic".

Wakatobi park planned to bury the whale carcass at high tide on Tuesday, and the remains would be used for study purposes by the local marine academy.

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It is not clear whether the plastic what what eventually killed the whale, but the discovery nonetheless presents a stark example of the reality of ocean plastic pollution.

When marine animals see plastic waste, they frequently mistake it for food.

Pandjaitan also said that the grim find should raise awareness amongst the general population of Indonesia regarding plastic use and waste.

'It is possible that many other marine animals are also contaminated with plastic waste and this is very unsafe for our lives'.

He said the government is making efforts to reduce the use of plastic, including urging shops not to provide plastic bags for customers and teaching about the problem in schools nationwide to meet a government target of reducing plastic use by 70% by 2025.

Indonesia itself produces about 130,000 tons of plastic and solid waste per day, The Guardian reported in March, citing data from the Rivers, Oceans, Lakes and Ecology Foundation.

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