A beaked whale was found lifeless on the shores of Compostela Valley. The cause of death were starvation and dehydration owed to ingesting plastic materials.
Darrell Blatchley, a marine biologist and environmentalist cited the male Cuvier’s Beaked Whale was heaving blood before it died in Mabini, Compostela Valley on March 15. The president and founder of D’ Bone Collector Museum, a natural history museum in Davao, stated they performed a necropsy on the whale and found a “disgusting” discovery.
“I was not prepared for the amount of plastic. 40 kilos roughly of rice sacks, grocery bags, banana plantation bags, and general plastic bags. Sixteen rice sacks total. It was so big, the plastic was beginning calcification,” he told Saturday.
He added that whales do not drink water from the ocean and they get fresh water from food they consume, causing the whale to die of dehydration and starvation.
“This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale. It’s disgusting,” he said at a social media post.
He called out on the Philippine government and Filipino people to take action against the extensive use of single-use plastic items.
“The Philippine people are a proud people, sadly it’s not in being clean or taking care of the environment. In the last 10 years we have recovered 61 whales and dolphins, of which 57 have died due to fishing nets, dynamite fishing, and plastic garbage. Four were pregnant. This cannot continue. The Philippines needs to change from the children up or nothing will be left,” Blatchley concluded.