Autopsy reveals dead pilot whale had 80 plastic bags in its stomach

The whale swallowed 80 plastic bags

The whale swallowed 80 plastic bags

An autopsy revealed plastic bags weighing eight kilograms inside the whale's stomach.

The whale was described as "emaciated" and had struggled to eat because its stomach was so full of plastic.

The whale was discovered in a canal in the southern province of Songkhla, and veterinarians and volunteers tried to save it for five days.

The distressed whale was found last Monday a canal in southern Thailand near the border with Malaysia, according to officials from Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.

The animal vomited five plastic bags on Friday before dying.

Last month, the Thai government said it was considering a levy on disposable plastic shopping bags.


Up to 80 plastic bags extracted from within a whale are seen in Songkhla, Thailand, in this still image from a June 1, 2018 video footage by Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. Pilot whales primarily eat squid but are also known to hunt octopus, cuttlefish and small fish when squid prove elusive, the American Cetacean Society said.

Burupat said the Thai government will seek to raise awareness about the problem for World Ocean's Day on June 8.

Devastating pictures showing the impact of discarded plastic bags on marine life have emerged, after a pilot whale died having swallowing 80.

An estimated one million birds and 100,000 sea mammals and turtles perish every year after becoming trapped or mistakenly eating plastics as food.

Upsetting photographs show the shocking result of pollution on a whale that starved to death because it had swallowed 80 plastic bags.

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