Young Whale Found Dead in the Philippines with 40 Kilos of Plastic

Apr 1, 2019 | News, Philippines, Trending

Culture & Travel 

Darrell Blatcheley – Facebook

A tale of heartbreak – a dead whale was found in the shores of the Philippines. Marine biologists are calling it the worst case of plastic ingestion.

A beaked whale washed up in the shores of Mabini, Compostela Valley, Philippines after dying of starvation and dehydration due to plastic ingestion.

Volunteers and marine biologists who examined the male Cuvier whale’s body were shocked after they found 40 kilos of plastic inside its body.

Dead Whale  - Darrell Blatcheley Facebook

Dead Whale – Darrell Blatcheley Facebook

“I was not prepared for the amount of plastic. 40 kilos roughly of rice sacks, grocery bags, banana plantation bags, and general plastic bags. Sixteen rice sacks in total. It was so big, the plastic was beginning calcification,” said environmentalist, marine biologist, and founder of D’Bone Museum Darrell Blatchley in an interview with CNN Philippines.

Images from the 4.7-meter whale’s autopsy showed trash extracted from the animal’s stomach went viral online. According to Blatchley, it was the most number of plastics he has seen in a whale.

“The Philippine people are a proud people, sadly it’s not in being clean or taking care of the environment. In the last 10 years we have recovered 61 whales and dolphins, of which 57 have died due to fishing nets, dynamite fishing, and plastic garbage,” he said.

Dead Whale - plastic ingestion

Dead Whale – Darrell Blatcheley Facebook

“Four were pregnant. This cannot continue. The Philippines needs to change from the children up or nothing will be left,” he also stated, adding that the government must take action against those who dump their waste in the waters.

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s biggest ocean polluters. In fact, a report by Ocean Conservancy claimed that the Philippines, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia have been dumping more plastic in the ocean compared to the rest of the world.

Just last year, a dead whale was found in Thailand after drying from ingested plastic were seen all over Asia news. A total of 80 plastic bags were found in its stomach.

Marine biologists also suggest that more or less 300 animals which include sea turtles, dolphins, and even pilot whales die in Thailand due to plastic. This just proves that Southeast Asia’s obsession over plastics needs to stop.

The Rundown: All about India

Visiting India? Here Are the Things You Need to Know About the Land Of Snake Charmers

Indonesia: Komodo Island Eyed to Shut Down

Visiting Indonesia to see Komodo Dragons next year? You might want to adjust your plans.

Asia-Africa Relations: Stronghold of Culture and Business

This connection packs a punch far stronger and better than what meets the eye

The Best of Taiwan’s Live Music Scene

Check Out Taipei’s Hottest Live Music Bars and Venues

Top LGBT-Friendly Vacation Spots in Asia

Asia is still mostly evolving when it comes to accepting the LGBT community, and it doesn’t hurt to zero in on places where the community is accepted… mostly.

Rap Against Dictatorship Raps Everything That’s Wrong In Thailand

In the later parts of 2018, a rap collective from Thailand called Rap Against Dictatorship (RAD) rose into stratospheric fame when they released their single “Prathet Ku Mee” (translated as “What My F**king Country’s Got).

Himalayan Viagra: The Natural Wonder Drug From Asia

The “yarchagumba,” also known as “Cordyceps” is the prized caterpillar fungus from Asia deemed more valuable than gold

Best Cities in Asia for Millennials

If you are looking for a new place to live with great culture and a wide array of high-paying job opportunities, keep on reading.

China’s Big Decision on Plastics

For years, the US has shipped more than 7 million tons of plastic to China annually, most have been recycled into new materials. Now, it’s over.

Movie Release Schedules: It’s All About the Numbers

Why do movies get released from US to Asia at different times and locations? Here’s the breakdown