The D’Bone Collector Museum in Davao City, Philippines, studied a Cuvier’s beaked whale that died over the weekend and found 16 rice sacks, multiple plastic bags, nylon ropes and other waste lodged in its body. “Plastic was just bursting out of its stomach,” the museum’s curator said, explaining that it died of starvation and dehydration. He plans to publish a full list of items from the whale’s stomach to highlight the danger of disposable plastics contamination.
How bad is the problem? UNESCO believes plastic pollution kills 100,000 marine mammals each year, and the Philippines is second only to China for the amount of plastic it discharges into the ocean.
The Presidential Daily Briefing, OZY, March 19, 2019
Whale found with 88 pounds of plastic in stomach