Another dead whale full of plastic

How many wake up calls do we need? 


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/world/asia/whale-plastics-philippines.html


If plastic will not degrade, should it not be banned and replaced?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodegradable_plastic

Around 150 million tons of plastic are already floating in our oceans — with an additional eight million tons entering the water each year, according to the World Economic Forum.

Here is a picture of a model whale made out of waste taken from the sea.



A sperm whale’s diet is usually comprised of giant squid. But the 33-foot long mammal that washed up on the beach of Cabo de Palos on February 27 2018 was unusually thin.
The necropsy results, released last week, listed just some of the items scientists found stuck in its stomach and intestines: plastic bags, pieces of net, a plastic water container.
Officials said the whale died of an abdominal infection, called peritonitis: It just couldn’t digest the waste it had swallowed, causing its digestive system to rupture.
This, say officials, is a concern not only because sperm whales are endangered, but also because it’s another grim reminder of just how much plastic waste is being dumped into the ocean.



An estimated 150 million tons of plastic are already floating in our world’s oceans.
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/21/health/ocean-plastic-intl/index.html

A report ( www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_The_New_Plastics_Economy.pdf ) from the World Economic Forum found that the amount of plastic in the ocean may outweigh fish by 2050

Fact Checking by snopes.com:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/sperm-whale-die-swallowing-64-pounds-plastic-debris/ 

Sources
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        CNN.   7 April 2018.
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        CNN.   21 March 2018.
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        CNN.   11 April 2018.
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        Forbes.   9 April 2018.

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