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The whale in the clash with the rubbish was without chance...

A young whale that was found exhausted in a canal, near the Thailand-Malaysia border, had been dying for several days. The vet team tried for 5 days to save the animal, unfortunately without success. After conducting an autopsy and investigating the cause of death, the vet team was in shock. The whale had been spitting
Published: June 6, 2018 - 15:28
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 16:52
The whale in the clash with the rubbish was without chance…

A young whale that was found exhausted in a canal, near the Thailand-Malaysia border, had been dying for several days. The vet team tried for 5 days to save the animal, unfortunately without success. After conducting an autopsy and investigating the cause of death, the vet team was in shock.

The whale had been spitting out individual plastic bags, but what was found in its innards after an autopsy chilled veterinarians. In total, more than 80 plastic bags and other debris weighing more than 8kg were recovered from inside the whale.

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The animal was so stuffed with waste and exhausted that it could not take normal food. The whale also had problems with breathing and swimming. Despite veterinary help, the whale died.

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[blockquote style=”2″]”We will use this specimen as an example. We will invite all the major manufacturers and try to influence them to come up with solutions to improve the oceans. We want to reduce the use of plastic in Thailand.” – announced Jatuporn Buruspat, head of Thailand’s water ministry.[/blockquote]

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Thailand tops the list of countries that consume the most plastic bags. Some of them end up in the oceans and then… well, we all know. Time and again we have seen representatives of the marine fauna maimed or even dying as a result of coming into contact with plastics. Whales, dolphins, turtles and even birds are falling victim to the rubbish in the oceans in ever greater numbers.

Source: washingtonpost.com

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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