Plastic and trash across the world continue to ravage and endanger the life of marine animals from pole-to pole and the problem is only getting worse.
In the latest incident, a Cuvier’s beaked whale was found with 16 rice sacks, banana plantation bags and plastic bags inside of the marine animals stomach. The total amount pulled out the animal came in at 88 pounds of trash. An astounding number when you think that this may be happening to thousands and even millions of animals world wide.
According to officials, the ingested trash caused the animal to die due to not being able to properly eat which eventually led to dehydration and starvation which caused the death.
A necropsy examination was carried out by D’ Bone Collector Museum Inc. president and founder Darrel Blatchley and Dr Elaine Vera Belvis of BFAR-Fishery Management Regulatory and Enforcement Divisions.
The D’ Bone Collector Museum Inc opened in 2012 in Davao City as a environmental education museum. The museum currently houses over 6500 specimens including 61 whale and dolphins. its aim is to educate the public about the amazing ecosystem found around us but also at the same time how we are losing it due to human activity and choices of each person. The museum is not government funded and rely on the entrance and donations to operate as it is a nonprofit organization.
Speaking to Mr. Blatchley, he has seen very little to no enforcement of any kind on garbage disposal and without any enforcement, there are never any consequences and people are left to do whatever they would like with garbage. Mr. Blatchley added that, “Action begins by each person making the change for self discipline. If you wait for the government it’s too late. The Government is you, it’s made up of people. Be the change.”
A report released by the City Fishery Office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Office (BFAR)-Davao Region on Saturday evening said the whale was seen last March 15th on the coastline of Mabini town and could not swim on its own. Attempts to push the “emaciated and weak” whale farther away were unsuccesful as it would always go back to shore, the report said.
Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans. There may now be around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Weighing up to 269,000 tonnes. Plastics consistently make up 60 to 90% of all marine debris studied.
As each day passes, it becomes more and more pivitol for each and every person to do their part to help protect this planet. With so many threats to marine life, we are heading down a path that is very grim. By taking action today, we can protect the life’s of those tomorrow.