Plastic bags jam stomach of dead pilot whale in Thailand

Eighty plastic bags were found in the stomach of a pilot whale which died in southern Thailand.

The whale was nursed through the week but it died on Friday.

A male pilot whale has died after rescuers found it struggling in southern Thailand.

Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources found the whale last week in the south of the country, near the Malaysian border, unable to swim.

Moments before the eight foot long pilot whale began gasping its final breaths, the dedicated rescue team were given a clue to the creature's plight as pieces of plastic started to be vomited into the water.

Experts believe the pilot whale, which would normally feed predominantly on squid, thought the floating plastic bags were food.

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Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine biologist and lecturer at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, told Agence France-Presse that the plastic probably prevented the whale from digesting food.

Upsetting photographs show the shocking result of pollution on a whale that starved to death because it had swallowed 80 plastic bags.

The ABC notes that Thailand is one of the world's largest users of plastic bags and that its government is considering adding a levy on disposable plastic bags.

Each year, Thailand puts over one million pounds of garbage into the ocean, making it one of the biggest offenders on earth, along with China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. We have filled our oceans with a lot of fucking plastic.

In April, a 33-foot sperm whale weighing almost 15,000 pounds was found dead on a Spanish beach.

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