One bit of plas­tic kills

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NATION -

MORE than half of the world’s sea tur­tles are thought to have plas­tic in their guts as mil­lions of tonnes of rub­bish con­tin­ues to be dumped into oceans each year, CSIRO re­searchers say.

An anal­y­sis of about 1000 tur­tles found dead on Aus­tralian beaches found hun­dreds of pieces of plas­tic in the an­i­mals’ guts. These in­cluded plas­tic bags, plas­tic frag­ments, bal­loons, lolly wrap­pers and rope.

“Some of the tur­tles we stud­ied had eaten only one piece of plas­tic, which was enough to kill it,” Dr Kathy Townsend of the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast said.

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