A whale found to have swallowed up to 80 plastic bags is seen in Songkhla, Thailand, in this still image from a June 1, 2018 video footage by Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. It had 17 pounds of plastic in its stomach.
Volunteers and veterinarians worked for several days to try and save the whale.
The whale was discovered barely alive in a canal in the southern province of Songkhla on Monday, after which veterinarians treated it.
It vomited up five bags during rescue attempts which proved fruitless, as the animal died a short time later.
Thailand is a major user of plastic bags and its government last month announced it was considering a levy on them.
"If you have 80 plastic bags in your stomach, you die", he told AFP. It is thought that the whale had probably mistaken the bags for food and eaten them.
The country is one of the world's largest consumers of plastic bags.
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A pilot whale that died in waters in southern Thailand was found struggling to swim after eating 80 plastic bags.
Upsetting photographs show the shocking result of pollution on a whale that starved to death because it had swallowed 80 plastic bags.
"We use way too much plastic".
'Because its the ocean and he's a whale he can travel around the world.
The dead whale is likely to have been the short-finned species of pilot whale, which have been nicked named the "cheetahs of the sea" due to their high-speed pursuits of squid.
In April, a 33-foot sperm whale weighing almost 15,000 pounds was found dead on a Spanish beach.