plastic bag removed from sea turtle’s throat in troubling video

by:Yucai     2020-01-16
In another disturbing reminder that plastic products could pose a danger to marine life, an aquarium in South Africa shared a video online, the video shows a plastic bag and other garbage removed from a turtle\'s throat.
According to two aquariums in Cape Town, the turtle was found to have been rushed to the beach in the town of strouisby earlier this month.
The turtles were clearly ill and \"very weak\" and were sent to the aquarium where the vet began to study what was wrong with the animals.
The aquarium said in a blog post on Friday that it was initially suspected to be a lung infection or pneumonia, but antibiotics and other drugs did not seem to help, and that the animal will only become weaker over time.
Further tests eventually showed some sort of blockage in the turtle\'s esophagus.
The video shows that the vet uses a special endoscope to remove obstacles.
A large piece of black plastic was taken out of the turtle\'s throat, which the aquarium says is part of a plastic bag.
As of Friday, the turtles were still in critical condition after surgery.
There are at least 8 million tons of plastic each year, many of which are disposable.
Using products like plastic bags and straws will eventually enter our ocean.
This kind of garbage poses an amazing risk to marine animals, who often use plastic as food.
As the two oceans point out, plastic bags are like natural food for rescued turtles.
Seaweed and other plants.
The turtle was found on a South African beach, and at about the same time a dead sperm whale was rushed up in a national park in Indonesia, and its stomach was stuffed
Plastic garbage everywhere.
According to The Associated Press, about 13 pounds of plastic waste was found in the whale\'s stomach, including 115 water cups, 4 plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and 2 flip covers --
Slippers, nylon bags and over 1,000 other plastic items.
To learn more about the impact of plastic pollution on marine life, check out the marine plastic collection at Huffington Post.
The story is part of a series of stories funded by SC Johnson about plastic waste.
All content is independent in editing, without the influence and input of the company.
Correction: Earlier versions of this article mistakenly identified the rescued turtle as \"Bob \".
Bob, a turtle, was rescued by the Two Oceans Aquarium in 2015.
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