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Whale dies in Thailand after eating more than 80 plastic bags

A whale was found to have devoured up to 80 plastic bags is to see in Songkhla, Thailand, in this still image from a June 1, 2018, with video footage of Thailand Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.

(Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources/Social Media/via REUTERS)

A whale in Thailand, died on Friday, was discovered more than 80 plastic bags and other items in its stomach, according to researchers.

Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, said the small pilot whale was found last Monday in a ditch in the area of Thailand on the border with Malaysia. Wildlife officials tried for five days to rescue the whales, but it ended up dying on Friday, the department said on its website.

During the rescue attempt, the whale vomited up five sacks, while the officers used buoys to the head above the water. An umbrella was even held on the protection of the whale from the burning sun above, according to Sky News.

An autopsy conducted on the whale showed more than 80 plastic bags and other plastic items with a weight of 17 kilos in the stomach.

WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES BELOW

Up to 80 plastic bags extracted from a whale seen in Songkhla, Thailand, in this still image from a June 1, 2018, with video footage of Thailand Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.

(Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources/Social Media/via REUTERS)

Jatuporn Buruspat, head of the department, said the whale probably thought the floating plastic bags were food, Reuters reported.

DEER FOUND TANGLED IN FISHING NETS, POLLUTION ON THE SCOTTISH NATURE PRESERVE

A veterinarian that the results of the post-mortem on the whale, told Sky News the animal was “ill” and the plastic bulk in her stomach kept eating a diet food.

A whale was found to have devoured up to 80 plastic bags is to see in Songkhla, Thailand in this still image from a June 1, 2018, with video footage of Thailand Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.

(Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources/Social Media/via REUTERS)

“Animals need nutrients, the brain orders to eat, but because this is a sick whale, when the whale is sick, he is not hunting,” Watchara Sakornwimon told Sky News.

“Plastic can get stuck in the stomach,” she said. “That is the worst case for the whale, because we need to remove the obstruction.”

PLASTIC BAG FOUND IN A REALLY DEPRESSING PLACE

Pilot whales eat mostly squid, but also are known to eat octopus, cuttlefish, herring and other small fish when squid is unavailable,” says whale conservation group American Cetacean Society.

“The teeth are only used for the catch/to grab,” the group noted. “An adult pilot whale can eat up to 30 pounds per day.”

The use of plastic bags is high in Thailand, and the authorities have launched campaigns to try to encourage people to less and to introduce reusable bags, according to Reuters.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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