January 20, 2019

Whale dies after swallowing 80 plastic bags in southern Thailand

04 June 2018, 05:13 | Dale Webster

Image Plastic bags taken from the whale's stomach are piled together

The whale swallowed 80 plastic bags

The male pilot whale was found in a canal in Songkhla, a province in the south of Thailand. An autopsy exhumed 8 kg (more than 17 lb) of additional plastic rubbish from the whale's stomach, the department said in a Facebook post.

It was said to have suffered convulsions before vomited five plastic bags, according to the ABC.

Rescuers had cradled the pilot whale in a shallow canal, their arms wrapped around its slick, shuddering body.

A whale that died in waters in southern Thailand this week had swallowed 80 plastic bags.

Photos posted to social media showed so many long, black plastic bags that authorities were running out of room to manoeuvre in the operating room without standing on trash.

Last month, the Thai government said it was considering a levy on disposable plastic shopping bags.

A pilot whale that died in waters in southern Thailand was found struggling to swim after eating 80 plastic bags.

Pilot whales mainly feed on squid, but are known to eat octopus and small fish when squid are not available, according to the American Cetacean Society, a whale conservation group. "Reducing our use of plastic, particularly single-use bags, is the first and biggest step we can take", said marine biologist Thon Thamrongnawasawat. Of that, almost 270,000 tons of large and small plastic debris are on the surface.

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

The report from the UK Government Office for Science found that 70% of marine litter is non-degradable plastic.

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