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Eleven baby sea turtles have been found washed ashore in Sattahip last September, all ultimately died due to ingesting garbage. The turtles were found off the coast of Sattahip by marine officials.

 

Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources officers say that every turtle had plastic and other debris found in their stomachs, which “would have caused them severe pain and refusal to eat”.

 

Plastic, waste and other pollution is an ongoing hazard for turtles and other marine life that once used to thrive in the Gulf of Thailand waters.

 

The weak turtles passed away within three months of being discovered. Veterinarians suspect that the turtles may have been swept out to sea from nearby nesting grounds on Koh Khram or Koh Lan. The officials emphasised the importance of reducing the threat of garbage to these vulnerable creatures by not disposing of waste in the ocean or waterways leading to it.

 

Baby turtles are unable to dive to avoid much of the rubbish that floats around on the surface so are at a greater danger than older turtles.

 

The tragic deaths serve as a reminder of the dangers that plastics and discarded fishing nets pose to sea turtles.

 

Source: https://phuket-go.com/phuket-news/national-news/eleven-baby-turtles-perish-after-eating-plastic-and-garbage/

 

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1 hour ago, PythonHouse said:

Admin. Please remove this photo or TORTOISES. These are NOT marine turtles. It maybe misleading to some people who could release these red foot tortoises into the sea - and they would die too.

 

How can you get something like this wrong?

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11 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

The weak turtles passed away within three months of being discovered. Veterinarians suspect that the turtles may have been swept out to sea from nearby nesting grounds on Koh Khram or Koh Lan. The officials emphasised the importance of reducing the threat of garbage to these vulnerable creatures by not disposing of waste in the ocean or waterways leading to it

Falling on deaf ears... pollution is as endemic as corruption in Thailand.

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Whenever these stories come up I would like to know which plastics were found. Name and shame. There are many types of plastic (who would lump a Ferrari with a Suzuki? They just aren't the same). I can't understand how a small turtle could get a PET bottle in its mouth (they take hundreds of years to break down I read).

Also when the author writes "plastic and other garbage" what was the other garbage? Be clear. Was it worse, the same or better than waste plastic? Some computer parts are poisonous for instance. 

Years ago the media went after lead. Then there were warnings about radioactive waste being dumped. Mercury too. 

All I ask for are the facts in full, not half truths. 

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The Turtles eat the plastic bags and other bits of plastic because they

think they are jellyfish which they feed on, and it's not going to end

anytime soon ....

 

regards worgeordie

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