A dead whale just washed ashore with 88 pounds of plastic waste in its stomach. This needs to stop.

A whale has washed ashore in the Philippines, its stomach so full of plastic it died of starvation and dehydration. The juvenile male curvier beaked whale was examined by scientists at the D’Bone Collector Museum, a non-governmental organization that specializes in animal preservation and education. The museum shared the story and photos of what they found in the whale’s stomach on Facebook, and it’s devastating. 40 kilos (about 88 pounds) of plastic bags including rice sacks, banana bags, and “multiple shopping bags” were pulled from the whale’s stomach. Scientists say that the copious amounts of plastic made it impossible for the whale’s digestive system to function properly.   “This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a …