Whale that died off Thailand had eaten 80 plastic bags
A pilot whale has died off southern Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags, Thai marine officials say.
The whale vomited five bags during a vain attempt by conservation officials to save it in a canal in Songkhla province.
The bags, weighing about 8kg (17lbs), had made it impossible for the whale to eat food, a marine expert said.
A recent report warned the amount of plastic in the ocean could triple in a decade unless litter was curbed.
Thailand is a major user of plastic bags and its government last month announced it was considering a levy on them.
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