Ocean Trash is Killing the World’s Whales

A dead sperm whale washed ashore in in Indonesia that had nearly 13 pounds of plastic waste in its stomach. Items found included 115 drinking cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and two flip-flops. The carcass of the 31 ft. whale was found in the waters of Kapota Island in the Wakatobi National Park.

In a tweet, WWF Indonesia gave the breakdown of what was found inside the mammal:

“Hard plastic (19 pieces, 140g), plastic bottles (4 pieces, 150g), plastic bags (25 pieces, 260g), flip-flops (2 pieces, 270g), pieces of string (3.26kg) & plastic cups (115 pieces, 750g).”

Up to 60% of plastic waste in the ocean comes from or passes through five Asian countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, according to recent reports. A lot of that garbage is possibly not originating on the consumer end in Asia, Since 1992, 45% of the world’s recyclables have been imported to China and other Asian countries. A burden so great, China has banned the practice, going into effect in the year 2030. This is a global problem, created by the world’s disposable culture and it’s ignorance or apathy toward what it does to ecosystems.

A report released this year warned that the amount of plastic in the ocean might triple in a decade.

 

 

Photo: “N781_w1150” by Biodiversity Heritage Library is in the Public Domain

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