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Still image from a video footage shows up to 80 plastic bags extracted from within a whale Whale dies after ingesting 80 plastic rubbish bags
Summary Summary
  The creature's death focused global attention on the ongoing issue of plastic waste in oceans
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  <strong>A male pilot whale vomited up five black plastic waste bags while being rescued from a canal in Thailand, multiple <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44344468">news outlets reported</a>. It was later found to have swallowed around 80 such bags.</strong>
&nbsp The whale, which died despite intense efforts to save it, was found to have 18 lbs (8.2kg) of plastic waste in its stomach when a necropsy (post-mortem) was carried out.
  “This plastic rubbish made the whale sick and unable to hunt for food,” a local Marine Resources department official said, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-whale/plastic-bags-jam-stomach-of-dead-pilot-whale-in-thailand-idUSKCN1IZ08W">according to Reuters</a>.
  The <em>New York Times</em>, quoting a <em>Science</em> journal study, said Thailand is <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/04/world/asia/thailand-whale-plastics-pollution.html">one of the top six countries</a> in the world for discarding plastics into the environment.
  Eight million tonnes of plastic, including bottles and packaging, are dumped into the ocean every year,  the <a href="https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/un-declares-war-ocean-plastic-0">United Nations Environment Programme</a> said in 2017.
  See and contribute to the <em>WikiTribune</em> project <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/11/09/environment/plastics-in-the-ocean/18748/">on plastic pollution</a>.
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  Environment, Natural Disasters
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  Marine life, Oceans, Plastic pollution, Thailand, whales
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