A Friend set this to me from P.V.
Posted by joyce dann on June 22, 2009, 12:10 pm
As our sailboat approached, we saw that it was a golfina sea turtle. It was barely moving because it was entwined in thick white plastic mesh - remnants of the kind of bags in which bulk quantities of potatoes and onions are sold. Plastic strands were wrapped around the turtle’s neck and back fins. Barnacles had attached themselves to its shell, indicating that the turtle had not been able to dive for days. Ruben, the tour guide, jumped overboard with a knife and with difficulty, held onto the turtle, whose shell was slippery with algae. Unable to swim away or dive and too exhausted to bite, the turtle only blinked her lambent black eyes as the plastic strands were quickly cut away. After a gasp for air, it disappeared into the dark water. free…. free … free… |
Styrofoam cups, plates, etc. are made up of polystyrene beads that break up into tiny pieces and are ingested by birds and marine life. Plastic bags resemble jellyfish in the water, food for turtles. One-third of sea turtles now have plastic in their systems. The Pacific Ocean is filled with a swirling mass of plastic – “the plastic soup” –an area twice as big as the continental U.S. http://plasticsoup.co.nz/2009/04/21/plastic-soup-the-impact-of-plastic-on-the-world%E2%80%99s-oceans/ for more information.
It seems everything needs rescuing.
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