Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Whale dies after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Whale dies after swallowing 80 plastic bags

The barely breathing whale was found by a veterinary team which attempted to "stabilize its illness", but it died Friday after vomiting five plastic bags.

A pilot whale that died in waters in southern Thailand was found struggling to swim after eating 80 plastic bags.

The whale was found to have an additional 80 items in its stomach, including bags and other pieces of plastic trash, weighing more than 17 pounds, Reuters reported.

The bags had made it impossible for the whale to eat any food.

Rescuers had cradled the pilot whale in a shallow canal, their arms wrapped around its slick, shuddering body.

And the death of this whale also comes just before the UN's World Environment Day on the June 5.

A whale has died after swallowing 80 plastic bags in southern Thailand.

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The photos posted on DMCR Thailand's Facebook account showed numerous black plastic bags being pulled out one by one by the authorities.

His post went on to encourage Thais to replace plastic bag usage with reusable bags, writing, "In the meantime, I can only ask, my friend, 'please, don't forget the fabric bag from home'".

"Plastic pollution can be harmful to wildlife, human well-being and to the economy in the United Kingdom, its Overseas Territories and internationally", the report said.

The oceans' toxic plastic soup is becoming an increasing threat to marine life. At least 300 marine animals including pilot whales, sea turtles and dolphins die every year after swallowing plastic in Thai waters.

"But people haven't really cared to change their behaviour despite being aware of the damage", Thon told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Greenpeace's Tara urged the government to quickly enact regulations.

"We don't want to be the country that everyone blames in the future if we do nothing", he said. "We need to take action now".

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