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Dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had about 5.9kgs of plastic waste in the stomach containing 115

A dead sperm whale (9.5-metre/31-foot) that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups and jandals, causing concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world's largest plastic polluting countries.

Researchers from wildlife conservation group WWF and the Wakatobi National Park conservation academy found about 5.9kgs of plastic waste in the animal's stomach containing 115 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, two jandals, a nylon sack and more than 1,000 other assorted pieces of plastic.

"Although we have not been able to deduce the cause of death, the facts that we see are truly awful," said Dwi Suprapti, a marine species conservation coordinator at WWF Indonesia.

She said it was not possible to determine if the plastic had caused the whale's death because of the animal's advanced state of decay.


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