Sea Turtles Offer Dire Warning of Oceans’ Out Of Control Plastic Crisis

Sea Turtles Offer Dire Warning of Oceans’ Crisis

“It used to be that when we found a rare piece of plastic on a nesting beach or tangled around a turtle, we’d pick it up or remove it and all would be right in the world again,” he told Truthout. “But the problem steadily and steeply worsened to the point that now we can spend all day endeavoring to clean up the plastic in and on the same beaches, come back the next day and start all over again. Nearly all turtle necropsies produce internal plastics.”

Nichols, who is also a senior fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy and author of Blue Mind, says he used to try to estimate how many sea turtles were impacted by plastic pollution, but now the answer to him is simple: “All of them, 100 percent,” he said. “But that number should be ‘none of them,’ zero percent.”

Nichols believes sea turtles have become the poster species for what he calls the “runaway carbon economy.”

via Truthout Sea Turtles Offer Dire Warning of Oceans’ Crisis