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The cactáceo had in its interior several plastic articles from glasses and bags to sandals.
Jakarta, Indonesia – Do you still not think that pollution does not hurt? This is a reality that has reached even the animals and they are the most unprotected by this environmental consequence since they are defenceless. The clear proof of this is a whale that was found dead on the shore of the beach with hundreds of plastic items in its stomach.
Ecologists find the body of the lifeless animal stranded on an island located in central Indonesia. In total there were six kilograms of plastic objects such as glasses, bags, packaging, bottles and even sandals that the sperm whale housed inside.
Members of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and a local marine conservation academy revealed the stomach and the rest of the cetacean digestive system contained 115 glasses, 4 bottles, 25 bags, 2 sandals and more than a thousand pieces of rope, among other plastic products.
The cetacean, 9.5 meters long by 4.3 wide, was found on Monday by ecologists on the island Kapota, located within the Wakatobi National Park, in the province of South Celebes, the Ministry of the Environment said. a statement.
The dead whale will be buried on a beach
The director of the Wakatobi National Park, Heri Santoso, said they would bury the sperm whale on a beach in northern Kapota, according to the statement.
Wakatobi is a popular tourist destination for diving in Indonesia, a country that has committed by presidential decree to eliminate 30 percent of its marine waste by 2025, with a budget of one billion dollars (876 million euros).
Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world, is ranked after China as the second nation that more plastic poured into the ocean, according to a study published in 2015 by the journal Science.
The UN estimates that each year about eight tons of plastic go to the sea and in many cases are ingested by marine animals and become part of the human food chain.
This is not the first time that alarming amounts of plastic are found in the digestive tract of marine animals. At the end of February of this year, a sperm whale was found dead on the coast of Spain, inside it 29 kilograms of garbage were found, which the animal was unable to digest and which caused death.