A sperm whale carcass was washed ashore at a beach in Wakatobi National Park in Indonesia’s Southeast Sulawesi province, with 35 pounds of plastic in its stomach, researchers and activists said on Monday, November 19.
Local villagers found the 10-foot dead whale on Sunday. The following day, a team of researchers, officials and activists arrived to inspect the carcass and discovered assorted plastic waste in its stomach, including 8 kg of plastic rope, 115 plastic cups, 25 pieces of plastic bags and two pairs of flip-flops.
The cause of death was still unknown, according to WWF Indonesia and the Wakatobi Marine and Fisheries Community Academy (AKKP Wakatobi). The AKKP Wakatobi researchers took DNA samples and the skeleton for research and further study.
The remaining carcass was buried on Tuesday, the academy said in a press statement sent to Storyful. Credit: La Ode M. Saleh Hanan via Storyful