A huge sperm whale has been washed ashore in Davao del Norte sparking concerns that the ocean is fast loosing its precious creatures.
The bizarre incident saw a sperm whale washed ashore last weekend at Davao del Norte, found to have died from ingesting human waste.
According to a report on GMA News, the 38.8-foot (11.8-meter) long creature, was killed by human waste.
The sperm whale about the size of a transit bus was killed by just an armful of plastic trash that had suffocated its digestive system.
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The marine creature was found dead on a beach off the coast of Davao del Norte, by locals last Saturday, December 17.
The cause of the whale’s death was determined after an autopsy conducted by Darrel Blatchley of the local D’Bone Collector Museum.
Sperm whales are listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
They normally survive on a diet comprising mostly of squid, shrimp, crab, and fish.
Sadly, non-biodegradable human garbage ranging from plastics and other particles that find their way into the ocean.
Aquatic animals somehow get to eat up these which cannot get digested in their delicate intestines.
In 2016 alone, there have been more reports of dead whales washed ashore than ever before.
Analysts say that other causes of deaths are most likely from the whales simply finding themselves in too shallow waters.
Judging by its massive weight, when a whale isn’t supported by the ocean, the weight of its own body crushes its internal organs.
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This incident is a sterling example of just how badly humans are treating the planet and nearly every other creature in it.
Not only does these sea animals inadvertently swallow plastic wastes deposited in the oceans, it causes them to starve with a full stomach.
The waste materials fill up their stomach space meant for real food, making the sperm whale unable to eat enough to sustain itself.
Mr. Blatchley used his social media platform to create awareness on the dangers human activities pose to these aquatic creatures.
“Some call them monsters of the deep. The monster is the person who killed it by being lazy and tossing their trash in the ocean.