A whale was found dead after swallowing more than 40kg of plastic pollution from the ocean. "On the second day it struggled and vomited blood".
The curvier's beaked whale was recovered by staff at D'Bone Collector Museum - an NGO that retrieves dead animals and preserves them - who said the full list of plastic items found in its stomach will be released in the next few days.
"If we keep going this way, it will be more uncommon to see an animal die of natural causes than it is to see an animal die of plastic", he said.
The museum said via their Facebook page they uncovered an extraordinary amount of plastic in the whale's stomach after conducting an autopsy.
Over the past decade, D' Bone Collector Museum has recovered 57 whales and dolphins that have died after consuming plastic garbage and fishing nets, of which four were pregnant.
By the time marine biologist Darrell Blatchley arrived at the fishing village Saturday, the young Cuvier's beaked whale was already floating, dead in the water, its eyes sunken and ribs protruding through its skin.
"I was not prepared for the amount of plastic", Blatchley said. Although they're still working on documenting all the contents of the whale's belly, workers say they've so far extracted 88 pounds of plastic, including "16 rice sacks, four banana plantation-style bags, and multiple shopping bags".
Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said local officials and fishermen had tried to release it but that the 4.7-metre-long whale returned to the shallow water on the shore.
He cited several other cases of marine life dying from plastic ingestion, such as the 38-foot juvenile sperm whale that washed ashore on Samal Island in 2016. Four were pregnant. This can not continue.
"If you have 80 plastic bags in your stomach, you die", marine biologist Thon Thamrongnawasawat told Agence France-Presse at the time, adding that the plastic probably prevented the whale from digesting food.
Children play on a beach covered in plastic waste in the Philippines.
The use of single-use plastic is rampant in south-east Asia.