Whale dies after eating more than 80 plastic bags

The pilot whale was cared for by a team of vets who used buoys to keep it afloat while they battled to save its life. They put an umbrella over its head to protect from the blazing sun

The pilot whale was cared for by a team of vets who used buoys to keep it afloat while they battled to save its life. They put an umbrella over its head to protect from the blazing sun

We have filled our oceans with a lot of fucking plastic. For almost a week, veterinarians tried to nurse it back to health, but four days later, it died.

Our addiction to plastic is killing wildlife.

However, the efforts were unsuccessful with the animal regurgitating five plastic bags before passing away on Friday.

An autopsy revealed plastic bags weighing eight kilograms inside the whale's stomach.

"This plastic rubbish made the whale sick and unable to hunt for food", the department said.

Jatuporn Buruspat, who leads the Marine and Coastal Resources Department, told reporters that the whale likely thought the floating trash was food.

This handout picture taken on June 1, 2018 and released by ThaiWhales, a private whale conservation group, on June 3, 2018 shows a governmment marine veterinarian is being helped by volunteers to remove plastics from the stomach of dead male pilot whale at the Marine and Coastal Resource Research and Development Center in Songkla province.

From street vendors selling satay to shop clerks putting purchases into multiple bags, Thais use a huge amount of plastic.

June 8 marks World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate and honor healthy oceans by preventing plastic pollution. Kenya past year enacted the world's toughest law against plastic bags.

A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, officials said, ending an attempted rescue that failed to nurse the mammal back to health.

"Without specific goals for reducing plastic consumption and more effective waste management, people do not know what to do, even if they want to do more", said Tara Buakamsri, Thailand country director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia. Reduce your use of plastic, organize or attend a beach clean up, and talk to others about how plastics damage our world.

Volunteers and veterinarians worked for several days to save the wale.

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