Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Whale dies after eating more than 17 lbs of plastic

The pilot whale was cared for by a team of vets who used buoys to keep it afloat while they battled to save its life. They put an umbrella over its head to protect from the blazing sun Whale dies after eating 80 plastic bags
Frank Williams | 04 June, 2018, 17:11

The small male pilot whale was found barely alive in a canal near the border with Malaysia, the country's department of marine and coastal resources said.

Just some of the plastic bags removed from the stomach of a pilot whale that couldn't be rescued in Thailand.

The whale was found to have an additional 80 items in its stomach, including bags and other pieces of plastic trash, weighing more than 17 pounds, Reuters reported.

A pilot whale that died after ingesting rubbish has highlighted Thailand's losing battle against plastic, said conservationists who called for urgent measures to cut back on pollution that also worsens urban flooding.

Rescuers had cradled the pilot whale in a shallow canal, their arms wrapped around its slick, shuddering body.

The department's chief theorized that the whale had mistaken the plastic bags for food, but after eating them had become "sick and unable to hunt for food", Reuters reports.

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Photos posted to social media showed so many long, black plastic bags that authorities were running out of room to manoeuvre in the operating room without standing on trash. It is thought that the whale had probably mistaken the bags for food and eaten them.

A pilot whale that died on Friday in Thailand had consumed at least 80 plastic bags, marine officials said.

Marine biologist Thon Thamrongnawasawat told the Agence France-Presse media organisation that the bags had made it impossible for the whale to eat the nutritional food it needed to survive.

"We can't help her", he said of the whale. More than 27 kilograms of trash clogged its digestive system.

The department said the total weight of all the plastics found in the animal was 18 lbs (8 kg).

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