The body of a 31-feet-long sperm whale washed ashore in Indonesia’s Kapota Island on Monday and upon inspection it was found that eating plastic could be a reason for the mammal’s death.
WWF Indonesia posted a picture of a dead sperm whale with the breakdown of things that were found in its stomach.
5,9 kg sampah plastik ditemukan di dlm perut paus malang ini! Sampah plastik yaitu: plastik keras (19 pcs, 140 gr), botol plastik (4 pcs, 150 gr), kantong plastik (25 pcs, 260 gr), sandal jepit (2 pcs, 270 gr), didominasi o/ tali rafia (3,26 kg) & gelas plastik (115 pcs, 750 gr). pic.twitter.com/ZFWZgkbnzu— WWF-Indonesia (@WWF_ID) November 19, 2018
This translates to:
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).
Regarding the matter, a WWF Indonesia official said:
Although we have not been able to deduce the cause of death, the facts that we see are truly awful.
Well, they are.
Plastic waste on sea shores is not a new problem; it has persisted for decades.
Animals have been dying, species are getting endangered.
But we won’t learn a lesson, will we?
Because lives of animals don’t matter. So what if a whale died? That’s okay. If a plastic cup costs the life of an animal. So be it.
Earlier this year, another whale that had washed ashore, had eaten 80 plastic bags.