A sperm whale found dead on Kapota Island, Southeast Sulawesi, had 5.9 Kilograms of trash inside its stomach.
The team from Wakatobi park, with researchers from the Academy of Marine and Fisheries Community in Wakatobi, WWF studied the whale after locals found the whale on Sunday.
It measured 9.5 meters in length and 4.37 meters wide.
Because it was already decomposing, WWF explained that it could not confirm whether the whale’s death was actually caused by the trash.
But it doesn’t take a scientist to realize…
Trash was a contributing factor.
Upon opening the whale’s stomach, researchers found:
115 Plastic Cups = 750 Grams
19 Hard Plastic Pieces = 140 Grams
Four Plastic Bottles = 150 Grams
25 Plastic Bags = 260 Grams
Six Wood Splinters = 740 Grams
Two Rubber Sandals = 270 Grams
One Nylon Sack = 200 Grams
Over 1,000 Pieces Of Plastic Rope = 3,260 Grams
Total Weight Of Wet Garbage = 5.9 Kilograms.
A picture from WWF of the stomach’s content showed that the whale had swallowed what looked like a piece of melamine dining plate.
This is the new normal.
Decades of conspicuous consumption and ignorantly littering means that more great beasts of the ocean will share the same fate as our Wakatobi sperm whale.
As of 2014, there were an estimated 5.25 Trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean.
Sadly, the urgency is not cleaning up what’s in the Oceans now.
But what we can do is stop the 8 Million tons of plastic entering the oceans annually.
We need to stop the tap.
We need them now.
Every plastic item for the mildest convenience has it’s cost on Indonesia’s marine diversity.
If our Wakatobi Whale’s death is not going to be in vein, remember him/her by:
Refusing Plastic Bags At Your Minimart
Refusing Plastic Straws
Avoiding ALL Unnecessary Plastic
Pressure Industries To Go Plastic Neutral
Because make no mistake…
The pressure is on.