Dead whale had 115 plastic cups and two flip-flops in stomach

Dead Sperm Whale Found with 6kg of Plastic in its Stomach

Dead Sperm Whale Found with 6kg of Plastic in its Stomach

The rotting 9.5-metre carcass discovered by rescuers from Wakatobi National Park Monday contained 115 plastic cups, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops, a nylon sack and more than a thousand other plastic items. "It's probably a question of government leading the way to ensure that we don't take the easy way out to use something that is that disposable and harmful to the environment but make wise choices for the future".

The Indonesian government has pledged $1 billion annually towards reducing its plastic waste problem, but that's probably cold comfort to a whale that literally choked to death on garbage.

A sperm whale has been found dead, washed ashore with more than 1000 pieces of plastic in its stomach.

In a tweet, WWF Indonesia gave the breakdown of what was found inside the animal: "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)".

Social Media / Reuters Plastic found in the whale's stomach.

"Although we have not been able to deduce the cause of death, the facts that we see are truly terrible", conservationist Dwi Suprapti of WWF-Indonesia told CNN.

The discovery has caused consternation among environmentalists.

After China, Indonesia is the world's largest plastic polluter, according to research published earlier this year.

In 2015, a study found that five Asian countries, including China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, accounted for almost two-thirds of all plastic waste making its way to oceans. "It is possible that many other marine animals are also contaminated with plastic waste and this is very risky for our lives".

He said: "I'm so sad to hear this".

"It is possible that many other marine animals are also contaminated with plastic waste and this is very risky for our lives".

Indonesia itself produces about 130,000 tons of plastic and solid waste per day, The Guardian reported in March, citing data from the Rivers, Oceans, Lakes and Ecology Foundation.

"This big ambition can be achieved if people learn to understand that plastic waste is a common enemy", Pandjaitan told The Associated Press.

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