Evolutionary ‘trap’ leading young sea turtles to ingest plastic, study says

August 3rd, 2021

The Guardian, Other, 02/08/2021, Nicola Davis
Researchers find fragments in innards of species that have adapted to develop in open ocean, which has highly polluted areas Young marine turtles are swallowing large quantities of plastic, with ocean pollution changing habitats that were once ideal for their development into a risk, researchers have found. […] One study estimated that between 4.8m and 12.7m metric tonnes of plastic entered the world’s oceans in 2010 alone, while a recent review by the Australian government’s science agency, CSIRO, found that animals across 80 different species, including turtles, were being killed by ingesting plastic.

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