Nearly 17 pounds of plastic bags were found in a young male pilot whale that died in Thailand Friday after a five-day struggle. The death has sparked reactions from social media users who called for end to overconsumption of plastics.
The whale was found barely alive Monday at the Thai canal near the Malaysian border, as reported.
WHY ARE HUMANS SO NONCHALANT? A pilot whale died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 pieces of plastic debris https://t.co/EnzTI9bk3U— Ann Kristin (@SmileForGillies) June 4, 2018
The Marine and Coastal Resources Department said it vomited around five plastic bags during the rescue attempt. The bags made it difficult for it hunt for food, they said.
Head of department Jatuporn Buruspat said the department will bring the issue to the public on World Oceans Day on June 8.
Thai officials believe the whale mistook them for food. According to marine biologist Thon Thamrongnawasawat, at least 300 marine animals die each year in Thai waters due to plastic.
Stop plastic it’s killing us - a whale just died from swallowing plastic bags! It causes Cancer in humans. Wake up— Laura (@laurakryptonite) June 4, 2018
Pictures of the autopsy showing the staggering amount of plastic bags found in the whale’s stomach circulated on social media.
People took the opportunity to highlight the overconsumption of plastic and endorse using more environmental-friendly methods.