Humans have so much to learn despite boasting the achievements we have made over the years. What’s sad to see is that we have to still learn about the simplest of things that make huge difference.
A dead whale that was washed away in the Philippines had 40 kgs of plastic in its stomach. The Cuvier’s beaked whale was found dead in the Compostela Valley earlier in the month. The autopsy was then conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Fishery Management Regulatory Division, led by marine biologist Darrell Blatchley, who owns D’Bone Collector Museum, and Dr Elaine Belvis where the discovery was made.
Blatchley told that the cause of death was dehydration and starvation due to swallowing of so much of plastic. He said it ‘had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale’.
“I was not prepared for the amount of plastic,” he told the news outlet.
“Forty kilos roughly of rice sacks, grocery bags, banana plantation bags, and general plastic bags. Sixteen rice sacks total. It was so big; the plastic was beginning calcification.”
Meanwhile, Blatchley informed that the team will continue to sift through the rubbish pulled from the whale’s insides to get full list of the items that clogged up its stomach.
“Doing this is not just for our gain but mainly to give education and for people to realise how magnificent these animals are,” he added.
In a post on Facebook, D’Bone Collector Museum announced the whale’s cause of death and shared photos which showed some of the items found in its stomach, before urging the government to take action on plastic pollution.
Revealing a shocking and tragic trend, Blatchley said: “In the last 10 years we have recovered 61 whales and dolphins, of which 57 have died due to fishing nets, dynamite fishing, and plastic garbage. Four were pregnant. This cannot continue. The Philippines needs to change from the children up or nothing will be left.”
Hopefully, necessary actions will be taken by the concerned authorities. It is also important for people to have some common sense and act appropriately.