According to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), the whale began heaving out pieces of plastic bags before dying on Friday. Despite days of effort, the whale ultimately passed away, but not before vomiting up five plastic bags.
Vets removed more than 80 plastic carrier bags as well as crisp packets and sweet wrappers from the whale's stomach - and are now using the whale as an example of the damaging effect of plastic pollution while calling on authorities to find alternatives.
Jatuporn Buruspat, the head of the DMCR in Thailand, said that the issue of plastic pollution will be brought to the public's attention during the observation of World Oceans Day on June 8th.
"We use way too much plastic".
Scientists believe that the pilot whale mistakenly identified plastic as food, eating it until full.
From street vendors selling satay to shop clerks putting purchases into multiple bags, Thais use a huge amount of plastic. Upon post-mortem investigation, it was discovered that the whale had ingested more than 17 pounds of plastic, including 80 shopping bags, which had inhibited its ability to eat.
"We have a goal to reduce plastic waste by adjusting policies and practices, from their beginning in the production line, then on to consumers' hands and on to waste management at the end", said Wijarn Simachaya at the environment ministry.
President Trump's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber attended the U.N. Environment Assembly past year in Kenya, meeting with youth groups on pollution and recycling.
Countries including the United Kingdom and India are banning straws and single-use bags, and forcing supermarkets to impose levies on plastic bags.
"But people haven't really cared to change their behaviour despite being aware of the damage", Thon said.
"We are facing a serious crisis", he said.