Sunday, 21 April 2019 | 19:05 WIB

A Whale in Thailand Dies after Ingesting 80 Plastic Bags

Illustration: A whale stranded on the beach (bbc)

BANGKOK, NNC - A whale in southern Thailand dies after ingesting more than 80 plastic bags. Attempts to restore the health of the mammal were failed, local officials said.

Thailand is one of the largest consumers of plastic bags in the world, killing hundreds of sea creatures that live near the coast of the country, every year.

A male whale that dies from plastic bags is the latest example. According to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, the unfortunate whale was found dying in a canal near the border with Malaysia.

The vet team has tried to help stabilize the whale's disease but eventually the whale is not helped and dies. The results of the autopsy found 80 plastic bags weighing up to eight kilograms (18 pounds) from the belly of the mammal.

Photographs posted on the Facebook page of the Department of Marine Resources and Coastal Thailand showed a group of volunteers trying to provide a buoy on the whale so that it does not float and shelter the mammal in order to stay protected from the stinging sun.

The whale spewed five plastic bags during a rescue attempt before he died, Asia One reported on Sunday (6/3/2018).

Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine biologist and lecturer at Kasetsart University, said the plastic bags were blocking the whale to eat nutritious food.

"If you have 80 plastic bags in your stomach, you die," he said.

At least 300 marine animals including whales, turtles and dolphins die each year in Thai waters after swallowing plastics, Thon told AFP.

"It's a big problem. We use a lot of plastic," says Thon.

The death of the whale raised sympathy and anger for the netizens in Thailand.

"I feel sorry for animals that have not done anything wrong but have to bear the brunt of human action," wrote one Twitter user in Thai.