Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 8kg of plastic

The pilot whale was found in distress in a canal in Songkhla Thailand

Although the animal vomited five plastic bags during the rescue operation, it wasn't able to resist the ingestion of 80 plastic bags and other plastic items.

Horrifying footage shows how a whale died after swallowing 80 plastic bags - despite vets spending a week trying to save the animal.

The pilot whale was discovered early last week in a canal in the southern province of Songkhla and received treatment from a team of veterinarians. When he died in his stomach found eight kilograms of plastic debris.

And the death of this whale also comes just before the UN's World Environment Day on the June 5. The department head, Jatuporn Buruspat, said the whale likely mistook the floating trash for food.

"The whale would have lived if he hadn't eaten garbage". There are eight million tons of bags and bottles being dumped in the world's oceans, every year.

"Without specific goals for reducing plastic consumption and more effective waste management, people do not know what to do, even if they want to do more", said Tara Buakamsri, Thailand country director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

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"We are facing a serious crisis", he said.

"We use way too much plastic".

Although the U.S.is withdrawing from several United Nations pacts and organizations, including the Paris Climate Agreement, UNESCO, and the Global Compact on Migration, the USA government appears to be on board to clean up the oceans, Falk reported in December.

At least 300 marine animals including pilot whales, sea turtles and dolphins, perish each year in Thai waters after ingesting plastic, according to Thon, the marine biologist.

Solheim was ultimately optimistic, telling CBS News "the solutions are straightforward: There are plenty of natural alternatives to plastics beads in toothpaste or face scrub ..." "For that we need governments to take action, and ensure that polluters pay and recycling is rewarded".

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