40kg of plastic ingested by a whale is a devastating trend

There’s a lot of terrible news out there, but yesterday a headline about the circumstances of this death of a whale in the Philippines actually broke my heart.

A juvenile Cuvier’s beaked whale washed up in Compostela Valley, showing signs of starvation and dehydration, and had been vomiting blood.

Further investivation revealed 40kg of plastic waste in its stomach, comprising shopping bags, banana plantation bags and 16 rice…