Whale starves to death with 80 plastic bags in its stomach

Whale found dead in Thailand waters had 80 plastic bags in stomach

A veterinary team tried "to help stabilise its illness but finally, the whale died" Saturday afternoon, the post said.

A pilot whale died in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags weighing almost 18 lbs (8 kg).

An post-mortem revealed 80 plastic luggage weighing as much as eight kilograms (18 kilos) within the creature's abdomen, the division added. While pilot whales generally eat squid, the department said it believed the whale mistook the plastic litter for food.

Thai marine authorities attempted to keep the animal afloat and nursed it for several days before it died.

Thailand remains one of the world's worst polluters, with government initiatives to convince people to use less plastic largely failing, they said.

A pilot whale found on May 25 in a canal in Thailand near the Malaysian border died Friday night.

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.

"This plastic rubbish made the whale sick and unable to hunt for food", the department said. An autopsy found 17lb, or eight kg, of plastic in its stomach. Dr. Thon said he was urging the Thai government to do the same.

The oceans' toxic plastic soup is becoming an increasing threat to marine life. The pollution is increasing day by day and among the water, air and soil we are facing another major hazard of plastic pollution. The largest collection of ocean garbage in the world, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is twice the size of Texas, according to a scientific study published in the journal Nature. "We use a lot of plastic", he said.

The dead whale is likely to have been the short-finned species of pilot whale, which have been nicked named the "cheetahs of the sea" due to their high-speed pursuits of squid.

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