21 Jul '12, 12pm

Marine Turtle Ingestion of Plastic Investigated

Marine Turtle Ingestion of Plastic Investigated

The green turtle is mostly herbivorous in both the Atlantic and the Pacific races. Hawksbills are unique among turtles in feeding exclusively on sponges and jellyfish. The beaches on North Stradbroke Island and the Sunshine coast were also surveyed between 2009 and 2011. Qamar Schuyler, Britta Denise Hardesty, Chris Wilcox and Kathy Townsend of Queensland University and CSIRO carried out the research in order to investigate the distribution of waste. The beach surveys give an idea of the "environmental availability" of marine wastes although some obviously may not leave the beach.

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/pollution/marine-turtle-ingesti...

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