EARTH Thailand

Whale dies from eating more than 80 plastic bags

Agence France-Presse 03 June 2018

Pilot whale was found barely alive in Thai canal and vomited up five bags during fruitless rescue attempts

A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, with rescuers failing to nurse the mammal back to health.

The small male pilot whale was found barely alive in a canal near the border with Malaysia, the country’s department of marine and coastal resources said.

A veterinary team tried “to help stabilise its illness but finally the whale died” on Friday afternoon.

An autopsy revealed 80 plastic bags weighing up to 8kg (18lb) in the creature’s stomach, the department added.