Pilot whale dies after ingesting 80 plastic bags

Mindy Sparks
June 8, 2018

According to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), the whale began heaving out pieces of plastic bags before dying on Friday.

Before its death, the whale spat out five plastic bags.

The whale was found in a canal in the southern Thai province of Songkhla on Monday (May 28) and for the next five days a team of veterinarians struggled to rescue it. When he died in his stomach found eight kilograms of plastic debris.

Experts say that the bags would have made it impossible for the small whale to digest normal food.

Buruspat told Reuters that the department would "use the whale case and invite all sectors to show their intentions on how to reduce the use of plastic in Thailand", ahead of World Oceans Day. In addition to policy changes, individuals and communities are encouraged to fight plastic pollution by recycling and reducing their own plastic use.

From street vendors selling satay to shop clerks putting purchases into multiple bags, Thais use a huge amount of plastic.


Thailand is among the most active consumers of plastic bags.

President Trump's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber attended the U.N. Environment Assembly a year ago in Kenya, meeting with youth groups on pollution and recycling. The Thai government has proposed enacting a tax on plastic bags to reduce the amount of plastic polluting the world's waters.

Globally, eight million tonnes of plastic - bottles, packaging and other waste - are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, the United Nations Environment Programme said in December.

Participants at the event pointed out that shoppers in the country still use a lot of plastic bags, and there are not enough facilities to dispose of them. "Perhaps this [whale's death] will make people care more".

"We are facing a serious crisis", he said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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