Posted by: Dan | November 14, 2010

Plastic debris threatening Sea Turtles in the Mediterranean

Plastic isn’t just a problem in the Pacific, apparently it’s a problem in the Mediterranean as well. Specifically, in the Adriatic between Greece and Italy. Researchers report having found in a recent study, published in the scientific journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, that one in three Loggerhead turtles in the Adriatic Sea has plastic in its intestine.

The team studied already dead sea turtles that had stranded or been accidentally caught by fishing vessels, so that means that two-thirds of the sea turtles’ deaths were unrelated to plastic, and it is not clear from the BBC article that this was a representative sampling of turtles’ digestive systems. Nonetheless, these findings clearly underscore the fact that marine life is being negatively impacted by pollution.

For Cyprus, Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles nest here, and there are perennial efforts to protect their nests.


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