Over the past decade, D' Bone Collector Museum has recovered 57 whales and dolphins that have died after consuming plastic garbage and fishing nets, of which four were pregnant.
There were 16 rice sacks among the plastic debris recovered from the whale's insides, as well as dozens of plastic bags. As the whale was no longer able to consume large amounts of food due to the ingested plastic, it died of "dehydration and starvation", Blatchley said.
The museum's founder and president, Darrell Blatchley, told CNN: "I was not prepared for the amount of plastic". The animal reportedly died of "gastric shock".
"This can not continue", Blatchley said, noting the Philippines ranks as the second most plastic-polluted country in the world. "Sixteen rice sacks in total".Читайте также: Stranger Things release series three trailer
Environmental groups have listed the Philippines as one of the world's biggest ocean polluters due to its reliance on single-use plastics.
In a Facebook post, the museum posted pictures of the whale and the plastics found from its stomach.
Images from the autopsy showed endless piles of rubbish being extracted from the sea mammal's stomach, as the biologists called it "disgusting" and said it was "the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale". "The Philippines needs to change from the children up or nothing will be left", Mr Blatchley added.
"Efforts must be stepped up worldwide to reduce plastics pollution in our oceans or this kind of tragedy may become far more common in the future", he concluded. In June previous year, a whale died in Thailand after 8 kg of plastic was found in its stomach, clogging up its internal system and restricting its movement. Another charity working in the field, Ocean Conservancy, has stated that 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. She said people could help prevent plastic pollution by taking resuable bags to the supermarket and using glass containers to transport and store food.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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