A tiny 22-foot baby sperm whale (tiny by whale standards) washed up in Hell’s Mouth in north Whales having died from ingesting a large sheet of plastic and a tangle of ropes.
In March, an emaciated whale was vomiting blood in the Davao Gulf of the Philippines. After its inevitable death, it was opened up and more than 88 pounds of plastic was found in its belly: sixteen rice sacks, big plastic bags, snack bags, nylon ropes, and more. The curvier beaked whale had died of starvation and dehydration because of a belly full of plastic. The Philippines is one of the most prolific plastic polluters in the world, with waterways overflowing in trash. Forty-five whales have died from plastic pollution around the Davao Gulf.
Why Do You Care?
Can we really sleep well at night knowing that ocean animals keeping washing up dead on our shores with bellies full of plastic?
I know I don’t feel good about that at all.
Whales and other animals are washing up on the beaches with bellies full of plastic around the world in larger numbers each year.
Did you Know?
In 2015, scientists estimated that 90 percent of all seabirds have ingested plastic and UNESCO estimates that 100,000 marine mammals die from plastic pollution each year.
What Can You Do?
Eliminate single-use plastic from your life. All those plastic baggies used for your kids’ lunches can be replaced by re-usable wax wraps which are inexpensive and can be washed and used over again. Bring your produce bags to the grocery store so you don’t have to use those flimsy green or clear ones provided. Purchase adorable bento boxes not made from plastic for lunches. Buy reusable water bottles instead of buying plastic water bottles. And for goodness sakes, don’t use plastic straws!! There are so many great, inexpensive options for reusable straws out there right now.
As the mother of four children, including a set of triplets, it is important to me that my family all honor the earth, giving back and preserving the health of our oceans by making small changes in everyday life. Since beginning Ocean Junkies, my entire family has a new conscious awareness of using plastic straws and utensils in restaurants and how it’s related to the trash we see on the beach. It is my hope that through Ocean Junkies and other wonderful activist websites, we can raise awareness about plastic pollution and increase sustainable living by re-using what we have already created and creating from biodegradable and compostable materials.