Sea turtles are found swimming in the oceans from the Horn of Africa to the Great Barrier Reef, so are huge amounts of plastic waste.
It’s especially hazardous for sea turtles who can die from eating the plastic which they mistake for food,says Hassan Mohammed with the World Wildlife Fund in Kenya.
They think that plastic is a jellyfish.When they eat plastic, it gets into their stomach and causes death.
And when there is a lot of plastic around hatching sites, the turtles are not able to lay eggs.So when baby turtles are hatched, they are unable to reach the ocean due to too much plastic, it is in their way and blocks them.
A new study published in the Journal Scientific Reports says younger turtles in particular are at a higher risk of dying from ingesting even small pieces of plastic.
The research included analyzing the cause of death for turtles that washed up on Australian beaches.
On the island of Lhamo off the coast of Kenya, efforts are underway to save the sea turtles.As with other turtle breeding sites, their numbers are declining due to climate change,overfishing, poaching, and the destruction of their nesting grounds.
The Lhamo Marine Conservation Trust compensates fishermen who hand over turtles caught in their nets which are later tagged and released back into the ocean.
We have released almost 1,000 adult turtles and 90,000 juvenile turtles, the little baby turtles.
It’s just another one of the small steps researchers and scientists are taking worldwide to save endangered sea turtles before it’s too late.
Deborah Block VOA News Washington.