As a grim reminder of the perils of oceanic pollution, a dead whale in Indonesia has been found with 13.2 pounds (six kilograms) of plastic waste in its stomach.
The 31.17-foot sperm whale was discovered near Kapota Island in Wakatobi National Park, southeast of Sulawesi.
Park officials found bags, plastic bottles, sandals, and 115 plastic cups in the whale's tummy, in addition to a sack containing more than 1,000 pieces of string, according to a CNN story.
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The discovery was made in an area that is a major tourist attraction and comes at a time of increasing concern over the terrible effect of plastic pollution on sea animals.
In June, a short-fin male pilot whale died in southern Thailand and was later found to have eaten more than 17 pounds of plastic bags and packaging.
During a post mortem, veterinarians found more than 80 plastic bags in the whale's stomach.
A 2015 report by Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment found that over 50 percent of the plastic leaking into world’s oceans comes from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, suggesting that the two whales died in dangerous waters for marine life.
The report claims that a 65 percent reduction in plastic waste leakage in those five countries would lead to a 45 percent reduction globally.