Dead whale had 115 plastic cups and 2 flip-flops in its stomach

A stranded whale with plastic in his belly is seen in Wakatobi Southeast Sulawesi Indonesia

Dead whale had 115 plastic cups and two flip-flops in stomach

Yet another whale has suffered from plastic pollution.

Mr Santoso said the mammal was male and the 13 pounds of trash in its stomach were identified as 115 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops, a nylon sack and more than 1,000 other plastic pieces.

According to USA Today, the whale washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups and flip-flops.

WWF-Indonesia posted disturbing photos of the beached whale on social media.

The 9.5 metre long sperm whale was found rotting just off the coast of the Wakatobi national park in Southeast Sulawesi on Monday.

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WWF Indonesia's Dwi Suprati said while researchers weren't able to ascertain how the whale died the find is "truly awful".

It was not possible to say whether the plastic had caused the whale's death because of its advanced state of decay, she added.

Wakatobi park plans to bury the whale on Tuesday and its remains will be used for study by the local marine academy, Reuters reported. Indonesia has one of the largest plastic pollution problems in the world.

In 2015, a study found that five Asian countries, including China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, accounted for almost two-thirds of all plastic waste making its way to oceans.

In June, nearly 20 pounds of plastic bags and other plastic trash were pulled from the stomach of a pilot whale that died in Thailand, officials said.

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Indonesia, ranked second behind China in the 2015 study of mismanaged plastic waste from populations living near coastal areas in 192 countries, has pledged US$1 billion a year to reduce marine plastic debris by 70 per cent by 2025. The remaining half is either illegally burned or dumped into the country's waters.

The Indonesian co-ordinating minister of maritime affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, said that the government had been shocked into action following the discovery of the whale.

"I'm so sad to hear this", said Pandjaitan.

When marine animals see plastic waste, they frequently mistake it for food.

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