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A Beached Whale in the Philippines Died Due to Ingesting 88 Pounds of Plastic


Like many other marine creatures before him, another beached whale has passed away. Cause of death? Plastic. As reported by The New York Times, a 1,100-pound, 15-foot long juvenile male Cuvier's beaked whale washed up in the Philippines over the weekend. The whale died a few hours after being discovered, and when researchers performed a necropsy, they found a whopping 88 pounds of plastic in his body.

Early in the morning on Saturday, March 16, the natural history museum D' Bone Collector Museum located in Davao City in the Philippines received a notification that a whale was stuck along the shores of Sitio Asinan, Barangay Cadunan, Mabini Campostela Valley. Just five hours later, he passed away. A team from the museum rescued the body and brought the whale back to Davao. "Doing this is not just for our gain but mainly to give education and for people to realize how magnificent these animals are," read a post on the D' Bone Collector Museum Facebook page.