Sperm whale found with 6kg of plastic in its stomach

A sperm whale has been found dead in Indonesia with 115 plastic cups and 25 plastic bags in its stomach, raising concern among environmentalists and throwing the spotlight on the country’s rubbish problem.

The items were part of nearly 6kg of plastic waste discovered in the 9.5-metre carcass, when it washed ashore in Wakatobi National Park in Southeast Sulawesi province on Monday.

Other debris included flip flops and ripped tarpaulins, the head of Wakatobi tourism told AFP.