One MEP claimed that if no action was taken against plastic pollution "by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean".
Upon further examination of the dead whale, it was found to have swallowed almost six kilograms of plastic waste.
Dwi Suprapti, a World Wildlife Fund Indonesia marine species conservation co-ordinator said: "Although we have not been able to deduce the cause of death, the facts that we see are truly bad".
Due to the whale's state of decay, it was not possible to determine if the plastic was the cause of death.
Dead whale had 1,000 pieces of plastic in its stomach. Credit WWF Indonesia
A dead sperm whale that washed ashore, in Wakatobi National Park in Sulawesi province.
According to a study published in the journal Science back in January, Indonesia is the world's second-largest plastic polluter after China, producing about 3.2 million tons of mismanaged plastic waste a year, almost 1.3 million of which end up in the ocean. Other animals that consume seafood also ingest plastic, so do every other organism that follows in the food chain.
It's hard to know exactly how much is making its way into the ocean, but a 2015 study found that the figure was up to 12.7 million metric tons in 2010 alone. The overall aim is to reduce their plastic waste by 70 percent in the next seven years. Unfortunately, only half of that trash reaches landfills.
"My first reaction was 'Not again.' This is now I think the fourth time this year that a sperm whale has washed ashore with huge amounts of plastic in the stomach", Andrew Trites, the director of UBC's Marine Mammal Research Unit told CTV News.
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.
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