The beakworm, an animal from the cetacean order, was found dead near Davao (a city in the Philippines). According to employees of a private museum who discovered it, they had never before seen such an amount of plastic in a whale's stomach. “There were so many of them that calcification had already begun,” said museum founder Darrell Blatchley in an interview with the BBC.
According to various estimates, mankind produces about 400 million tons of plastic per year. Of these, no more than 20 percent are sent for processing.
The bulk of the plastic is disposed of with the rest of the garbage. Often it ends up in the oceans, where it poses a particular threat to marine life. So, in June last year, a whale died in Thailand - he swallowed 80 plastic bags.
In Southeast Asia, disposable plastic items are widely used. According to a 2017 Ocean Conservancy nonprofit report, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam throw more plastic than all other countries combined.
According to the UN estimates, if people do not stop using disposable bags, bottles and glasses by 2050, there will be more garbage than fish in the oceans. That is why in Nairobi, at the UN Environment Assembly, 170 countries agreed to significantly reduce the use of plastic by 2030.