02 Jul '11, 10am

300 Pieces Of Plastic Found In Turtle

A dead green sea turtle recently washed up at South Ballina Beach in Australia was found to have over 300 pieces of plastic (photo ) in its digestive system. According to Rochelle Ferris from Australian Seabird Rescue, while it was the most shocking case she has seen in 15 years, the group sees 40 or 50 sea turtles each year that have ingested plastic - and that's only over a 160 mile stretch of coastline. It's believed turtles eat plastic thinking it to be one of their favourite foods - jellyfish. The plastic can obstruct the creature's gastrointestinal tract, causing a number of health problems and in some cases, starvation. Green sea turtles aren't the only species to ingest plastic - over a third of 371 leatherback turtle necropsies carried out between 1968 and 2009 found it present. Plastic pollution in our oceans is a serious problem and it's not one confined to coas...

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