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Thailand: Whale dies after consuming over 80 plastic bags

Thailand: Whale dies after consuming over 80 plastic bags”

Volunteers and veterinarians worked for several days to try and save the whale.

Mr Thamrongnawasawat added that at least 300 marine animals, including pilot whales, sea turtles and dolphins, perish each year in Thai waters after ingesting plastic.

The whale vomited up five bags during the rescue attempt before it died, the department said.

According to Jatuporn Buruspat, director-general of the marine and coastal resources department, the male pilot whale probably thought the bags were edible, as they slightly resemble a squid, a main source of pilot whale's diet.

A pilot whale has died off southern Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags, Thai marine officials say.

Every square kilometre of the world's oceans is believed to contain 13,000 pieces of plastic, and for creatures that eat jellyfish and squid, a synthetic bag can be easily mistaken as a prey item. Of that, almost 270,000 tons of large and small plastic debris are on the surface.

Upsetting photographs show the shocking result of pollution on a whale that starved to death because it had swallowed 80 plastic bags.

It was unclear whether the whale was a short-finned or long-finned pilot whale, although short-finned pilots commonly traverse the warmer waters typical of South-East Asia.

'Because its the ocean and he's a whale he can travel around the world.

A 30ft sperm whale, weighing nearly seven tons, was found dead on a Spanish beach earlier this year with more than 60lb of rubbish trapped in its guts. More than 60 pounds of trash clogged its digestive system. The latest example is a dead whale who was found with 17 pounds of plastic in its stomach.



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