A few months ago we covered the grim story of the whale that died while breaking the record for plastic bags eaten. This trait of hyper-competitiveness has some survival benefits, but can also be deadly.
The latest victim of this game is a 31 foot Sperm Whale that washed up dead on the coast of Indonesia. It had taken on the challenge of eating cups, and by the end of the competition had choked down 115 of them, and two thongs for good measure.
Could Moby Dick have done better? We’ll never know. Although this is slight irony that of the 115 cups, 82 of them were from Starbucks.
How can we fix this?
There’s nothing we can do about the whales. They want to win and nothing will stop them. Training them to smoke weed all day has been suggested, but comes with other risks.
Banning plastics is another idea folks are working on.
But the obvious solution is this: instead of using plastic to make cups, bags and straws, we use whale food.
Then everyone wins!
The winner of whatever eating competition they are having will, instead of dying, go home full and happy and healthy. And we don’t have to feel so bad either, which is maybe the most important thing.
Whales dying all over the place. Is it murder?
145 whales died on a New Zealand beach. 30 more died stranded on a beach in Australia. What kind of dangerous game are they playing? We don’t know exactly what’s leading to these mass deaths, but what we know for sure is that it’s plastics.