The 1,100-pound whale, measuring 15 feet long, was found in the town of Mabini with more than 40 pounds of plastic bags inside its stomach, along with a variety of other disposable plastic products. "This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale". The materials were primarily composed of plastic bags, including shopping bags and rice sacks.
"It was showing signs of being emaciated" as well as being dehydrated, Blatchley said.
This is only the latest incident of a whale being found dead after ingesting a significant amount of plastic. "It's disgusting." And it wasn't just plastic bags: The museum said it plans to post a full list of all the plastic items found in the whale's stomach in the next few days. He warned that the crisis often remains "out of sight and mind" except when animals such as this are recovered and examined. Speaking to CNN Philippines, marine biologist Darrell Blatchley said the beaked whale had been observed vomiting blood before it died earlier this month.
"Marine pollution arising from plastic debris and other forms of garbage choking our waterways worsen our environmental problems", said representative of Surigao del Norte Rep, Robert Ace Barbers, according to The Philippine Star.
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The result also stated squid beaks were recovered; the presence of parasites was observed in the whale's stomach and kidney.
The museum called on the Philippines government to take action against people dumping plastic into the sea.
Blatchley explained that cetaceans, which are aquatic mammals such as whales or dolphins, don't drink water from the ocean but rather get access to fresh water from the food they consume.
A 2017 report by Ocean Conservancy stated that China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam have been dumping more plastic into the ocean than the rest of the world combined.
In June previous year, a pilot whale died in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags.