Dead whale in Thailand had 17 pounds of plastic in its stomach

Whale dies after swallowing 17 lbs of plastic

A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, marine experts said.

Besides killing marine life, plastic waste clogs waterways, and has been blamed for deadly floods in cities such as Mumbai to Manila.

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

A post mortem found 80 pieces of plastic in inside it, weighing eight kilograms.

And in 2016, some of the more than 30 beached sperm whales beached in Europe were found with plastic debris in their stomachs, National Geographic reported, including a large fishing net, an engine cover and shards of a plastic bucket.

A team of rescuers deployed buoys to keep the mammal from slipping into the water and drowning as veterinarians tended to it.

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Thailand is one of the world's biggest users of plastic bags, according to The Guardian.

According to the Thai Marine and Coastal Resources Department, an autopsy revealed that the whale had ingested around 8kg of plastic bags, which were preventing the whale from being able to eat.

Veterinarian Watchara Sakornwimon told Euronews she had "never seen a lot of plastic in a whale's stomach like this".

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

The theme this year is "Beating Plastic Pollution". Reduce your use of plastic, organize or attend a beach clean up, and talk to others about how plastics damage our world. While helping care for the plant on Earth Day and Ocean Day are necessary, we should be making an effort every day.

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