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Whale dies after ingesting more than 80 plastic bags

Whale dies after swallowing 17 lbs of plastic Whale dies after ingesting more than 80 plastic bags
Kristine Garrett | 05 June, 2018, 07:35

An autopsy found another 80 bags and other plastic items weighing eight kilograms in the whale's stomach.

The whale was described as "emaciated" and had struggled to eat because its stomach was so full of plastic. For almost a week, veterinarians tried to nurse it back to health, but four days later, it died.

The small male pilot whale became the latest victim after it was found barely alive in a canal near the border with Malaysia, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said on their Facebook page Saturday.

The whale vomited five bags during a vain attempt by conservation officials to save it in a canal in Songkhla province.

A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags.

Experts believe the pilot whale, which would normally feed predominantly on squid, thought the floating plastic bags were food.

A whale has died after swallowing 80 plastic bags in southern Thailand.

Each year, Thailand puts over one million pounds of garbage into the ocean, making it one of the biggest offenders on earth, along with China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Kenya a year ago enacted the world's toughest law against plastic bags.

"We will use the whale case and invite all sectors to show their intentions on how to reduce the use of plastic in Thailand", he told Reuters.

"Because 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.

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