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Whale found with 40kg of plastic in stomach

Whale found with 40kg of plastic in stomach

The Cuvier's beaked whale was recovered by workers from D'Bone Collector Museum east of Davao City earlier in March. "Sixteen rice sacks total", Darrell Blatchley, President and Founder of the D' Bone Collector Museum in Davao, said. "We've done necropsies on 61 dolphins and whales in the last 10 years and this is one of the biggest (amounts of plastic) we've seen". Marine biologist Darrell Blatchley was called to recover the 4.7m Cuvier's beaked whale, which was trapped in the shores of the Mabini Compostela Valley.

The problem also plagues the archipelago's neighbors, with a sperm whale dying in Indonesia previous year with almost six kilograms of plastic waste discovered in its stomach.

"Finding the whale like this was tragic".

Plastic bags and similar packaging material also end up in the oceans, commonly resulting in the death of marine animals.

Said Blatchley to NPR: "It was full of plastic - nothing but nonstop plastic".

Whales don't drink water from the ocean, Darrell explained, "It's from the food they eat that they get their fresh water".

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National Geographic reported that more than 30 whales with plastic debris in their bellies washed up on European beaches in 2016.

He said the remains of a squid were found in the whale's stomach, which indicated that the whale was still able to feed, therefore, until further tests could be done, the cause of death could not be determined.

According to WWF, the Philippines is one of the world's leading plastic polluters - due to a particularly unfortunate combo of its improper waste disposal systems, and its widespread poverty - where locals can often only afford to buy single-use items packaged in plastic sachets.

This lack of enforcement has led to the dire situation in the Philippines, and it's neighbouring countries with nothing likely to change until the government begins to prioritise the war on waste.

Abigail Aguilar, campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia - Philippines, said today: "The frequency on which marine animals are dying due to plastic ingestion is alarming".

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