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Half of baby turtles that die are killed by plastic

Baby sea turtles are vulnerable to plastic pollution, according to information shared by journal Nature, which found that plastic consumption is responsible for half of the deaths of sea turtle hatchings. The earliest reports of turtles eating plastic bags date from the 1980s, with the animals mistaking them for jellyfish, and dying as a consequence.

The study was led by Dr Britta Denise Hardesty from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and looked at 1,000 deceased sea turtles to evaluate the amount of plastic that contributed to the deaths. Just over half of the recent hatchlings that died had eaten plastic, a quarter of older turtles were affected, and 15 per cent of adult turtles died as a result of plastic. From the data they collected, they concluded that turtles have a 50 per cent chance of dying if they ingest 14 pieces of plastic. In the worst cases, the plastic accumulates and blocks their digestive systems or rips their intestines.

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