An autopsy of a dead whale that washed up in the Philippines has revealed a shocking cause of death.
40 kilograms worth of plastic bags were found in the whale’s stomach, and was determined to be the cause of death of the mammal.
The whale – which measured 15 feet in length – was found off the coast of the Mabina Campostela Valley over the weekend.
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Darrel Blatchley, the president and founder of the D’ Bone Collector Museum in Davao City, posted photos of the discovery to social media, calling on immediate action from governments around the world.
“This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale. It’s disgusting.
“Action must be taken by the government against those who continue to treat the waterways and ocean as dumpsters,” his Facebook post read.
Amongst the plastic found in the whale’s stomach, including 16 rice sacks, 4 banana plantation style bags and multiple shopping bags.
It’s believed the whale appeared to have died from emaciation and dehydration.
The plastic had significantly impacted the creature’s ability to eat or drink.
It’s been reported the whale was vomiting blood before it died.