On Friday afternoon, a 10 foot long pygmy sperm whale washed ashore in the village of Talisayan, Zamboanga City Philippines.
The marine mammal was found by a beachgoer and was immediately reported to officials. When Mariano Pandalan found the whale, he said the whale was still wagging its tail when he first came upon him but died a few hours later. The animal was then towed to by a Philippine Coast Guard boat to the local office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources where a necropsy was performed.
Inside of the whale’s intestines, plastic trash was found including a toothbrush. Although the death of the animal appears to be from parasitic worms, plastic and other trash could have played a part.
Plastic in the world’s oceans is on the climb and is becoming a threat to all marine life. Recently, it was found that ocean plastic is expected to triple by 2025 and that by 2050, plastic in our ocean will outweigh all fish.
Incidents of marine life found with plastic either killing them or playing a part as increased dramatically. You can take steps today to by saying no to singe-use plastics and writing to the companies buy from. Each piece of plastic that is kept out of our ocean can make a difference.