Eastern Indonesia: 13 Pounds plastic waste in stomach of dead whale.Found a dead whale at ashore in eastern Indonesia with large amount of plastic waste in its stomach. Plastic waste including drinking cups, plastic bottles a park officials said on Tuesday 18th November 2018. It’s causing serious environmental concern among environmentalists and government officials.
Dead whale is almost 9.5 meter (31-Foot) long which was found by Rescuers from Wakatobi National Park on late Monday 17th November 2018. Rescuers found the dead whale body after hearing that villagers were beginning to butcher the dead whale, Park Chief Heri Santoso said.
According to santoso, researchers from wildlife conservation group WWF and the park’s conservation academy examine the dead whale body. They found almost 6 kilograms ( 13 Pounds ) of plastic waste in dead whale stomach which contains about 115 plastic cups, 4 plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, 2 flip-flops, a nylon sack and more than 1,000 other pieces of plastic.
“Although we have not been able to deduce the cause of death, the facts that we see are truly awful,” said Dwi Suprapti, a marine species conservation coordinator at WWF Indonesia.
Dwi Suprapti said it was not possible to find the exact reason behind the death of whale, whether its caused by the lots of plastic intake in the stomach or something else behind the death, because of dead whale’s advanced state of decay.
Indonesia is an island of 260 million people. It is he world’s second largest plastic polluter and world’s largest plastic polluter is china , according to a study published in the journal Science in January. According to study, Indonesia produces 3.2 million tons of plastic waste per year, and of which 1.29 million tons plastic waste puts in the ocean.
Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister of maritime affairs, said the whale’s discovery should raise public awareness about the need to reduce plastic use, and had spurred the government to take tougher measures to protect the ocean.