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Dead whale found with 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach
Image: Sho Hatakeyama / Unsplash

WARNING: This article contains extremely graphic imagery which some readers may find distressing.

Scientists in the Philippines are demanding government action after they found 40kg of plastic bags inside a washed-up dead whale.

The huge amount of plastic found inside the Cuvier’s beaked whale included 16 rice sacks, four banana plantation bags and multiple shopping bags.

Biologists who performed an autopsy labelled the situation ‘disgusting’ and demanded action to avoid the current trend to continue.

The Philippines has become the world’s third largest source of plastic leaking into the ocean, according to reports.

Dead whale found with 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach
Image: Sho Hatakeyama / Unsplash

Shock

The team from D’Bone Collector Museum in Davao City were shocked by the discovery and said it was the most plastic they had ever seen inside a whale.

Initially at 6am on March 16 scientists were called to the shores of Sitio Asinan, Barangay Cadunan, Mabini Campostela Valley.

By 11am the whale had died, and the team brought the him back to the Museum for the autopsy.

Dead whale found with 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach
Image: D’Bone Collector Museum / Facebook
Dead whale found with 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach
Image: D’Bone Collector Museum / Facebook

“Doing this is not just for our gain but mainly to give education and for people to realize how magnificent these animals are,” the Museum posted on Facebook.

Cause of death

The following day the team posted shocking images on the page to show the whale’s cause of death.

Dead whale found with 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach
Image: D’Bone Collector Museum / Facebook
Dead whale found with 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach
Image: D’Bone Collector Museum / Facebook
Dead whale found with 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach
Image: D’Bone Collector Museum / Facebook
Dead whale found with 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach
Image: D’Bone Collector Museum / Facebook
Dead whale found with 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach
Image: D’Bone Collector Museum / Facebook
Dead whale found with 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach
Image: D’Bone Collector Museum / Facebook

“The final cause of death is in for the death of the juvenile male curvier beaked whale we recovered March 16 2019,” the museum wrote.

“40 kilos of plastic bags. Including 16 rice sacks. 4 banana plantation style bags and multiple shopping bags.

“A full list of the plastic items will follow in the next few days. This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale. It’s disgusting.

“Action must be taken by the government against those who continue to treat the waterways and ocean as dumpsters.”

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Published by Oli Gross

Oli Gross is a writer and editor at Totally Vegan Buzz. His background is in local newspaper and magazine journalism, and his work has included reporting court cases, celebrity interviews, business analysis, food and drink features and government legislation. Oli’s career and personal ethical values both help shape his reporting of the diverse world of veganism. At Totally Vegan Buzz he specialises in breaking news and features on animal rights activism. Follow him on Twitter @Oli_Gross12

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