88 pounds of plastics in a whale can't be taken lightly

Mar 19, 2019, 8:01 AM EDT
(Source: Rob Oo/flickr)
(Source: Rob Oo/flickr)

It’s tragic to see that our new dumping sites are marine animals themselves. A young male Cuvier's Beaked Whale washed up dead on the shores of the Philippines with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach.

The necropsy on the creature was a disturbing sight, graphically narrating the plight this whale must have suffered after ingesting 16 rice sacks. Four banana plantation-style bags and multiple shopping bags were wrapped around its gut, starving it to death, reports Forbes.

This is not the first time our discarded plastics have returned to us in this “disgusting” and “disturbing” way. Thailand and Indonesia witnessed similar scenes last year when dead whales, bloated with plastics, washed ashore dead.

The incident is a reminder of the menacing crisis born out of our penchant to use plastics. A 2015 report claims that some amount of plastics is present in 90 percent of seabirds, while UNESCO estimates that plastic pollution kills 100,000 marine animals every year, notes National Geography.