Dead Whale Had 40kg Of Plastic In His Stomach

The marine biologists who conducted the animal's autopsy branding the waste plastic 'disgusting', saying action must be taken by the government against those who continue to treat the waterways and ocean as dumpsters
plastic in a whale's stomach
Marine biologists remove plastic from the whale's stomach (Photo: Facebook/D' Bone Collector Museum Inc.)

A whale washed up in the Philippines had a staggering 40kg of plastic bags in his stomach, according to biologists who carried out the autopsy.

The Cuvier's beaked whale, who was washed ashore last weekend, had shopping bags, rice sacks, and banana plantation bags in his stomach.

Marine biologists from D'Bone Collector Museum in Davao City said the whale died from 'gastric shock' as a result of consuming the plastic.

'Disgusting' plastic

"The final cause of death is in for the death of the juvenile male curvier beaked whale we recovered on March 16," said a statement on the D'Bone Collector Museum's Facebook page.

"40 kilos of plastic bags. Including 16 rice sacks. 4 banana plantation style bags and multiple shopping bags. A full list of the plastic items will follow in the next few days.

"This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale. It's disgusting. Action must be taken by the government against those who continue to treat the waterways and ocean as dumpsters."

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