Whale dies after eating 80 plastic bags

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Just in case you'd somehow let yourself briefly forget that we, collectively, have fucked the world seemingly beyond fix: the autopsy of a dead pilot whale in southern Thailand has revealed that it died from consuming an extraordinarily large number of plastic bags. The autopsy revealed 80 plastic bags weighing up to eight kilograms (18 pounds) in the mammal's stomach, the department added.

A whale found to have swallowed up to 80 plastic bags is seen in Songkhla, Thailand, in this still image from a June 1, 2018 video footage by Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. "We use a lot of plastic".

Volunteers and veterinarians worked for several days to save the wale. While efforts were made to save the whale, it eventually died on Friday afternoon.

The pilot whale wasn't the only recent casualty of ocean pollution; in April, a 33-foot sperm whale found dead on a Spanish beach had more than 60 lb of garbage in its digestive system.

Thai marine biologist Thon Thamrongnawasawat told Agence France-Presse that the plastic stopped the whale from digesting food.

Thais use huge numbers of plastic bags but authorities have launched campaigns to try to encourage people to use fewer and to introduce reusable bags.

Thai officials said they believe the whale mistook the floating plastic for food.

"If you have 80 plastic bags in your stomach, you die", he said.

Countries including the United Kingdom and India are banning straws and single-use bags, and forcing supermarkets to impose levies on plastic bags.

Eighty plastic bags were found in the stomach of a pilot whale which died in southern Thailand.