In pics: Whale dies in Thailand, autopsy reveals 80 plastic bags weighing up to 8 kilograms
An autopsy of whale revealed 80 plastic bags weighing up to eight kilograms (18 pounds) in the creature’s stomachUpdated: Jun 04, 2018 19:39 IST
A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, officials said, ending an attempted rescue that failed to nurse the mammal back to health.
Thailand is one of the world’s largest consumers of plastic bags, which kill hundreds of marine creatures living near the country’s popular beaches each year.
A veterinary team tried “to help stabilise its illness but finally the whale died” on Friday afternoon, the post said.
An autopsy revealed 80 plastic bags weighing up to eight kilograms (18 pounds) in the creature’s stomach, the department added.
Photos accompanying the post showed a group of people using buoys to keep the whale afloat after it was first spotted on Monday and an umbrella to shield it from the scorching sun.
The whale vomited up five bags during the rescue attempt before it died, the department said.