A team of rescuers deployed buoys to keep the mammal from slipping into the water and drowning as veterinarians tended to it. Photos posted by the group reveal tens of plastic bags that remained undigested throughout the whale's body.
Volunteers and veterinarians in Thailand were unable to save the whale.
Thailand is a major user of plastic bags, despite calls for a government-imposed levy on them, and hundreds of marine animals are believed to die in waters off the country each year.
A whale has died after swallowing 80 plastic bags in southern Thailand.
A pilot whale died off the coast of Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags weighing almost 18 lbs (8 kg).
It vomited up five bags during rescue attempts which proved fruitless, as the animal died a short time later. The latest example is a dead whale who was found with 17 pounds of plastic in its stomach. The Thai government is planning to introduce biodegradable alternatives to cut down on plastic waste.
Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam dump more plastic into the oceans than the rest of the world combined, according to Ocean Conservancy, a Washington-based non-profit. "Plastic remains in our ecosystem for years, harming thousands of sea creatures every day", the United Nations explained. We have filled our oceans with a lot of fucking plastic.
From street vendors selling satay to shop clerks putting purchases into multiple bags, Thais use a huge amount of plastic.
The dead whale is likely to have been the short-finned species of pilot whale, which have been nicked named the "cheetahs of the sea" due to their high-speed pursuits of squid. There are 270,000 tons of large and small plastic debris near the surface.