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The dead whale's stomach was full of plastic waste



JAKARTA, Indonesia – A dead whale that was washed ashore in East Indonesia had a large lump of plastic garbage in its stomach, including drinking cups, bottles and flip-flops, a Park official said Tuesday, environmentalists and government officials Concerns arose in one of the largest polluting countries in the world.

Rescuers of the Wakatobi National Park found the rotting carcass of the 9.5-meter (31-foot) sperm whale slaughtering the decaying carcass late Monday near the park in Southeast Sulawesi Province, said Park Chief Heri Santoso.

Santoso said researchers at the WWF Nature Conservation Association and Park Conservation Academy found about 5.9 kilograms of plastic waste in the animal's stomach, the plastic cup containing four plastic cups containing bottles, 25 plastic bags, 2 flip-flops, a nylon sack and more 1

,000 other assorted plastic pieces.

"Although we could not manage the cause of death, the facts we see are really terrible," said Dwi Suprapti, coordinator of biodiversity conservation at WWF Indonesia.

She said it was not possible to determine whether the plastic caused the death of the whale The advanced decay of the beast.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 260 million people, is the second largest plastic contaminant in the world after China, according to a January issue of the journal Science It produces 3.2 million tonnes of poorly managed plastic waste per year, of which 1.29 million tonnes are in the sea, the study said.

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia's coordinating minister of maritime affairs, said the discovery of the whale The public should be aware of the problem of reducing plastic consumption and the government was there to take tougher measures to protect the ocean.

"I am so sad to hear this," said Pandjaitan, who recently campaigned for less plastic. "It is possible that many other marine animals are also contaminated with plastic waste, and this is very dangerous for our lives."

He said the government is trying to reduce the use of plastic, including urging businesses not to offer plastic bags. For customers and teaching about the problem in schools nationwide, one goal of the government is to achieve the plastic consumption to reduce by 70 percent by 2025.

"This big goal can be achieved if people understand that plastic waste is a common enemy," he told The Associated Press.


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