Darrell Blatchley, 2015 Datu Bago Awardee President and Founder of D' Bone Collector Museum, told Euornews that at 11 a.m. they were informed the whale had just died and they travelled to the area as fast as they could. "This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale".
The museum founder explained that whales "do not drink water from the ocean", and get all the "fresh water" they need from the food they consume, which explains why the whale was suffering from dehydration and starvation at the time of its death.
A whale was found dead after swallowing more than 40kg of plastic pollution from the ocean. "I was not prepared for the amount of plastic", said Blatchley.
He noted that among the plastic bags were 16 rice sacks - similar to potato sacks - and plastic bags from local Philippine grocery chains, Gaisano Capital and Gaisano Grocery Outlet. "16 rice sacks total".
"It was so bad the plastic was beginning calcification", he said.
"If you have 80 plastic bags in your stomach, you die", marine biologist Thon Thamrongnawasawat told Agence France-Presse at the time, adding that the plastic probably prevented the whale from digesting food.
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Revealing a shocking and tragic trend, Blatchley said: "In the last 10 years we have recovered 61 whales and dolphins, of which 57 have died due to fishing nets, dynamite fishing, and plastic garbage".
The museum plans to release a full list of the plastic items recovered from the whale carcass.
"This can not continue", Blatchley said, noting the Philippines ranks as the second most plastic-polluted country in the world.
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This is only the latest incident of a whale being found dead after ingesting a significant amount of plastic.
The death comes just weeks after the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternative released a report on the "shocking" amount of single-use plastic in the Philippines, including almost 60 billion sachets a year.