AS IF WE NEEDED more evidence for polluting our oceans, a whale was just found dead with 13 pounds of plastic in its stomach.

Discovered on Monday in the waters of Kapota Island in Indonesia, the 31-foot long carcass was in an advanced state of decay, making it impossible to know the degree to which plastic caused the death. It’s safe to say, however, that it didn’t do the whale any favors.
According to a tweet from WWF Indonesia, the whale’s carcass contained 19 pieces of hard plastic, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops, 115 plastic cups, and seven pounds of string.

Dwi Suprapti, the marine species conservation coordinator at WWF, told the Associated Press, “Although we have not been able to deduce the cause of death, the facts that we see are truly awful.”
In a similarly tragic situation, a pilot whale off the coast of Thailand died this past June after swallowing over 17 pounds of plastic.