Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Whale Found In Thailand Dies From Eating Over 80 Plastic Bags

Whale Found In Thailand Dies From Eating Over 80 Plastic Bags

A whale with 17 pounds of plastic in its stomach has died in Thailand after veterinarians and volunteers worked for five days to save it.

A whale in southern Thailand died after swallowing 80 plastic bags, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said.

A pilot whale died off the coast of Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags weighing almost 18 lbs (8 kg).

The Thai Department of Marine and Coastal Resources posted grim photos showing the seemingly endless lineup of plastic bags taken from the whale's stomach.

"We use way too much plastic". The whale also vomited five bags during the rescue attempt before it died, the department said.

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

The pilot whale was barely alive when it was found by rescuers in a canal near Thailand's border with Malaysia.


Experts believe the pilot whale, which would normally feed predominantly on squid, thought the floating plastic bags were food.

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.

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

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

This image shows some of the plastic bags that were found in the stomach of the whale during an autopsy in Songkhla province, in southern Thailand.

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

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