Stories like these serve as a sad reminder of what can take place when humans are unwilling to consider the consequences of their actions until it is too late. This small pilot whale recently paid the ultimate price because of human malfeasance and we are here to say that enough is enough. When this whale was found in the waters of Thailand, he was barely clinging to life and it was clear that he had seen better days.
When the rescuers found him, they knew that they were going to fight an uphill battle to save the animal. He had become too weak to help himself and they had to attach buoys to the animal so that they could keep him afloat. The heat was also contributing to his weakened condition. The rescuers opened umbrellas in hopes of shielding him from the oppressive sun.
They spent five days working around the clock to save the whale but their efforts were simply not enough. The damage had been done and the animal passed away. Before the whale died, it became clear as to what his cause of death was. The creature had ingested a surplus of plastic bags. Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources let the world know that the whale had been vomiting them up for some time.
The whale’s autopsy revealed that the animal had been subjected to a great deal of litter. In addition to the plastic bags, his stomach was full of various other forms of debris. It is believed that the whale had consumed the bags because he mistook them from the octopus and squid that he would typically consume. The clogging that took place in his digestive system was simply too great to overcome.
Humans are responsible for the amount of litter that makes its way into the world’s oceans. This is something that we all need to come to terms with so that we can all start to do a little better as people. Sperm whales, sea turtles and gulls are also dying as a result of our carelessness. Once litter washes out into our oceans, there is no telling what will take place.
This is something that we all need to be keeping in mind. Remaining as mindful as possible in these instances is what keeps animals safe and allows us to no longer have to read stories like these.