Thanks to a team of sea turtle researchers on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast a sea turtle can now breath and eat freely again.
Apparently a tourist walking on the beach at the Ostional Wildlife Refuge on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast spotted a sea turtle that had something sticking out of her nose. Thankfully a group of researchers from the Leatherback Trust happened to be on the beach and rushed over to help.
Thanks to a quick decision from the marine biologist and a few minutes of writhing pain for the turtle, the plastic fork was successfully removed from the turtle’s nose. It took her a few minutes before she headed back into the ocean and swam away. You can read the entire story here at Mother Nature Network.
Unfortunately, occurrences like this are not uncommon. According to Science Magazine, “about 4 million to 12 million metric tons of plastic washed offshore in 2010 alone, or about 1.5% to 4.5% of the world’s total plastic production—enough to cover every foot of coastline on the planet” So when you carelessly toss that plastic fork away it might very well end up killing a marine animal.
Let’s hope stories like these bring more and more awareness to the problem. At the very least, let it remind you to do your part to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle each and every time. You CAN make a difference.
Sea turtles deserve to swim in a plastic free environment. Don’t you agree?