A dead whale that washed ashore in the Philippines last week had nearly 40 kilograms of plastic in its digestive system, almost half of it plastic bags, The New York Times reports. That’s the most plastic that Darrell Blatchley, who owns a museum in Davao City, Philippines, and helped conduct the necropsy, said he’s ever seen in a whale. The plastic retrieved from the 4.5-meter, 500-kilogram Curvier’s beaked whale included rice sacks, grocery bags, banana plantation bags, and other debris. According to Blatchley, starvation and dehydration caused by the mass of plastic in its stomach and intestines likely contributed to the whale’s death.
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