Outrage over death of whale shark in Sabah

Written by: mottaman | 09 Feb 2019 19:37
Picture from Sabah Wildlife Department
Written by:
09 Feb 2019 19:37

Netizens are up in arms following reports that a whale shark which washed ashore on Tanjung Aru Beach, Menumbuk, Kuala Penyu probably starved to death after ingesting a plastic bag.

According to the Sabah Wildlife Department Rescue Unit, the plastic bag was found during a post-mortem on the juvenile whale shark.

The large plastic bag measured 46cm x 32cm and caused physical obstruction to the animal's gastrointestinal tract. 

"It was evident that the cause of death was due to intestinal obstruction leading to starvation and death,” said the department.

The 4.61m male whale shark carcass was found by a teacher three days ago, when jogging along the beach. He informed the Sabah Wildlife Department who despatched the Wildlife Rescue Unit to the location.

“Plastic pollution in our oceans is a very serious threat to marine wildlife and this should be a grave reminder to us that disposing of plastic correctly or even better, not using plastic bags and other plastic paraphernalia at all, would be the best solution to protecting our ocean’s inhabitants,” added the department.


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