Whale in Thailand dies after SWALLOWING 80 plastic bags

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A pilot whale died last week in southern Thailand after eating more than 80 plastic bags and other debris, Agence France-Presse reports.

The whale spit out five plastic bags on Friday and later died, the Marine and Coastal Resources Department said on its website.

The whale's death comes as dozens of cities and companies worldwide are moving to crack down on plastic pollution by banning the use of non-reusable plastic containers, bags and drinking straws.

As the team attempted to treat the injured whale over several days, it vomited up several plastic bags before eventually dying.

Rescuers tried keeping the whale afloat with boats and covering it with a sunshade, but to no avail.

Each year, Thailand puts over one million pounds of garbage into the ocean, making it one of the biggest offenders on earth, along with China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. "If you have 80 plastic bags in your stomach, you die", Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine biologist, told The Independent.

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From street vendors selling satay to shop clerks putting purchases into multiple bags, Thais use a huge amount of plastic.

Thai officials said they believe the whale mistook the floating plastic for food.

"If you have 80 plastic bags in your stomach, you die".

A tragedy in Thailand is serving as a reminder of the waste littering the world's oceans.

Almost 300 marine animals including pilot whales, sea turtles and dolphins, are killed each year in Thailand from accidental plastic consumption. "We need to take action now".

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