A ‘dead’ 60-kilogram sperm whale was spotted along the coastal area of Naic, Cavite, a province in the Philippines, and it immediately went viral for the most heartbreaking reason.
The whale’s insides is filled with trash, mostly plastic residue thrown in the ocean by careless individuals. Said picture was definitely painful to look at, and it has been shared 27,000 times. This ‘whale’ however is not real, and is said to be part of Greenpeace Philippines’ project to raise awareness on the alarming rise of plastic residue in the ocean.
“The ocean is filled with 275 million tons of plastics. The cumulative quantity of plastic waste available to enter the ocean from land is predicted to increase by an order of magnitude by 2025, and is projected to outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050.
A 2015 study named five ASEAN member states as the biggest sources of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. These are: Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia. ASEAN countries, due to their lengthy coastlines and high plastic usage, are some of the primary sources of marine plastics globally.
With the Philippines as chair of this year’s ASEAN Summit, this is an opportune time to call on the ASEAN member states to take concrete measures against plastics pollution in the high seas to stop environmental degradation and dwindling of marine life in the region.”
Dead Whale exhibit
The exhibit, which made use of plastics found in the ocean, is a bold statement to call out ASEAN nations to make a stand and strongly act on the banning of plastics for everyday use.
Earlier this year, a whale was put down in Western Norway wherein scientists were shocked to find almost 30 plastics inside its stomach. The whale was put down as it was too weak to swim itself out in the narrow beach where it got stranded.
The whale was severely malnourished and scientists believe that the plastics found in its stomach blocked the intestines and build up a bloat that most likely caused the whale a lot of pain.