This is the rare whale which has washed up dead on a beach with a plastic cup blocking its intestine leaving it “emaciated”.
The rare pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps) weighing over 200 kilogrammes (440 lbs) washed up on a beach in the village of Matina Aplaya, in the city of Davao City, in the southern Philippine’s Davao Region.
Marine biologist Darrell Blatchley posted photos of the whale onto social media and said that the animal had died because a “plastic cup” was blocking its intestine along with a “nylon rope”, leaving the animal “emaciated” and dehydrated.
Photos show the plastic which was found inside the three-metre (10-foot) whale which can be seen in the mud on the beach.
Blatchley said that dumping rubbish into the sea was a “nationwide problem” in the Philippines.
Pygmy sperm whales are rarely spotted in the sea and knowledge about the species is limited.
Analysis of stomach contents suggests that pygmy sperm whales feed primarily on cephalopods with the most common prey are reported to include squid and octopus. The total population is unknown and it is found throughout the tropical and temperate waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
A Greenpeace study in 2017 found the Philippines was the third-largest plastic polluter of the sea in the world.
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