Horrified biologists say it’s the many plastic they’ve ever observed in a whale.
This previous weekend that a young whale washed upon Mindanao Island in the Philippines, dead from plastic-induced’gastric jolt.’ When a group of investigators from the D’Bone Collector Museum in Davao City conducted an autopsy, they pulled out a shocking 40 kilograms (88 lbs ) of plastic from the whale’s stomach.
“It’s the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale,” the biologists said in that a Facebook post. They eliminated “40 kilos of plastic bags, including 16 rice sacks, 4 banana plantation style bags and multiple shopping bags.” They said they will post a complete list of contents in coming days.
The accompanying pictures are horrifying — entire armfuls of bloody decomposing luggage being eliminated from the stomach. It’s a disturbing reminder of how toxic our plastic addiction is, and also how production and consumption habits need to change.
While this whale in the Philippines fractures the document for quantity of plastic ingested, it’s sadly not uncommon for plastic ingestion for a trigger of departure (not to mention entanglement and suffocation). A whale died in Thailand annually after swallowing 18 pounds values of plastic luggage, and a sperm whale has been discovered a couple of months back in Indonesia with 115 plastic cups in its stomach plus a few flip-flops.
D’Bone Museum’s proprietor and marine biologist, Darrell Blatchley, advised the Guardian which “in the 10 years they have examined dead whales and dolphins, 57 of them were found to have died due to accumulated rubbish and plastic in their stomachs.” In its Facebook article, the museum called on the authorities to do something:
“It’s disgusting. Action must be taken by the government against those who continue to treat the waterways and ocean as dumpsters.”
But as we’ve argued many times on TreeHugger, this predicament isn’t about littering. It’s regarding production, also the truth something as non-biodegradable and dangerous since plastic continues to be churned out by factories and utilized as go-to packaging for nearly everything we purchase.
Consumers still have a responsibility to select their packaging wisely and also to make sure their waste does not get littered , but this is not as their error than it is that of the producers who could provide greater packaging options, however choose to not (or do not bother).
Government action is urgently required to incentivize circular production, reusable containers, refill stations, plastic-free packaging innovations, and much more. Then, ideally, fewer snakes would die.