Published on March 30th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan1
Endangered Sea Turtles Swallow a Ton of Plastic
Becky Striepe of our sister site Ecoscraps recently shared a pretty amazing photo of the plastic contents of a juvenile green sea turtle’s stomach (shown above). The sea turtle was apparently accidentally captured in Bahía Samborombón, Argentina.
Becky writes: “Green sea turtles are an endangered species and are having a particularly rough time of things lately, dealing with extreme temperatures and with plastic pollution. We talk about the problems with plastic, but a photo like this really drives home the dangers of our disposable, plastic-based consumerism.”
It sure does.
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- Journey into the “Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch” — Scientific Findings
Photo via Seaturtle.org