Dead whale sparks marine fears in Thailand

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Vets removed more than 80 plastic carrier bags as well as crisp packets and sweet wrappers from the whale's stomach - and are now using the whale as an example of the damaging effect of plastic pollution while calling on authorities to find alternatives.

The whale was discovered in a canal in the southern province of Songkhla, and veterinarians and volunteers tried to save it for five days.

According to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), the whale began heaving out pieces of plastic bags before dying on Friday. An autopsy found another 80 bags and other plastic items weighing 8 kg (17.6 lb) in its stomach.

One shopper at the mall said she's sad about the death of the whale, and that everybody must take responsibility for the things they throw away. The department head, Jatuporn Buruspat, said the whale likely mistook the floating trash for food.

"We use way too much plastic".

"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. "We have no idea how many animals aren't showing up on a beach", Asmutis-Silvia said.

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 US government appears to be on board to clean up the oceans, Falk reported in December.

A report from the UK, "Future of the Sea: Plastic Pollution", has revealed that plastic makes up 70 percent of the world's marine letter and that the amount of plastic in the ocean is set to triple over the next decade. "We don't need food to be systematically wrapped in plastic, and we certainly don't need plastic straws or throwaway plastic coffee cups".

"This is an environmental disaster caused by laziness that is easily fixed by a healthy dose of innovation and political will".

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