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Sperm whale found washed ashore in Indonesia.

 WORLD WILDLIFE FOUNDATION (WWF - INDONESIA)

Two flip-flops, 115 drinking cups, 25 plastic bags, and four plastic bottles were among the plastic found in a dead sperm whale that washed ashore in Indonesia.

Officials with the Wakatobi National Park found the dead sperm whale near in the Sulawesi province on a beautiful tropical island of Indonesia, frequented by diving tourists.

The sperm whale measured 31 feet long and is yet another example of recent cases where dead whales wash ashore full of plastic in their stomachs. In total, this sperm whale ingested over 1,000 pieces of plastic. The cause of death cannot be determined due to decay, however, local wildlife experts believe the plastic pieces played a role.

The World Wildlife Fund tweeted a picture of the plastic found within the sperm whale. The text below translates to "5.9 kg of plastic trash found in this poor whale's stomach! Plastic waste, namely: hard plastic (19 pcs, 140 gr), plastic bottles (4 pcs, 150 gr), plastic bags (25 pcs, 260 gr), flip-flops (2 pcs, 270 gr), o-dominated / raffia straps ( 3.26 kg) & plastic cups (115 pcs, 750 gr)."

5,9 kg sampah plastik ditemukan di dlm perut paus malang ini! Sampah plastik yaitu: plastik keras (19 pcs, 140 gr), botol plastik (4 pcs, 150 gr), kantong plastik (25 pcs, 260 gr), sandal jepit (2 pcs, 270 gr), didominasi o/ tali rafia (3,26 kg) & gelas plastik (115 pcs, 750 gr). pic.twitter.com/ZFWZgkbnzu

— WWF-Indonesia (@WWF_ID) November 19, 2018

2017 report by the Ocean Conservancy found that five rapidly growing countries in Asia account for 60 percent of the plastic waste ending up in the world's oceans.

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These countries, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam dump more plastic into the oceans than the rest of the world combined. The continual improvement in their economies and better quality of life has resulted in an increased demand for single use consumer products. However, the systems in place to process single-use plastics has not caught up with the demand.

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The flow of plastic waste in the Philippines

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The Ocean Conservancy found that 74 percent of plastic leakage in the Philippines comes from waste that has been collected but poorly managed. As noted above, a big contributor is poorly located dumps that sit adjacent to major waterways which eventually lead to the ocean. Another major contributor is informal waste dumps without proper systems in place to ensure containment of the waste.

As ocean plastic waste swells to unprecedented levels, major projects are being deployed in an attempt to clean up our oceans. The Ocean Cleanup project, founded in 2013 by an 18-year-old Dutch inventor, aims to use a floating buoy system to collect floating trash in ocean gyres. Once gathered in the buoy system, ships will come to collect the trash and transport it to a safe disposal location.