Alarm plastic waste 'destroy' sea turtles

Recent research shows that thousands of sea turtles die each year after being trapped.

A survey of 106 global oceanic experts organized by Exeter University (UK) shows that every year more than 1,000 children die because they cannot escape when caught in discarded fishing nets. , beer boxes, plastic wires, bubble wires, kite cords, cables, anchor wires .

Many others struggled to find a way out of the discarded plastic chairs, wooden crates, weather forecast balloons or rope posts. Many children have to live their whole lives with pieces of rubbish that are even bigger than their bodies.

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Sea turtles are caught in plastic waste - (Photo: BBC).

Professor Brendan Godley from the Ecological Conservation Center at Exeter University warned that an increase in plastic waste would make more and more sea turtles trapped.

"Plastic waste in the ocean is indestructible as a major threat to sea turtles, especially discarded fishing nets , " Godley said.

"We found that more than 1,000 sea turtles die each year after being trapped, but this is an uncompleted number. The danger is getting bigger with the newly hatched baby turtles and turtles , " he added. .

Investigators believe that plastic waste can have a long-term impact on the number of sea turtles, and is a greater threat than oil spills.

"We have to cut down on plastic waste and promote the use of biodegradable substitutes to address this major threat to marine turtle life," Professor Godley said.

He urged seafarers on Christmas to collect some plastic waste before they drifted out to sea."Such simple actions can also bring about big changes , " Godley said.

Will McCallum, a member of Greenpeace, thinks that almost every turtle on Earth is in danger and it is human activities that make things worse.

"Plastic waste we only use a few minutes and then throw it away but will become a trap that threatens marine life like whales, sea turtles until centuries later," McCallum warned.

The study was published in Endangered Species Research magazine.

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