#worldturtleday vs #iquitplastic:
I spent some time working in a turtle rehabilition facility, here’s what I learnt 🐢
Turtles are one of the most impacted marine animals when it comes to plastic pollution. They are scavengers and unfortunately plastics look like food once in the big blue. Plastic bag or jelly fish? Not to mention straws, bottle caps, and wrappers. On a scale of 1 to plastic vortex floating in the sea, Australia is mediocre, I still find plastics on my beach EVERYDAY and what about plastics floating across the seas from other countries? 🤯
What happens once a turtle swallows plastic? Plastic is derived from petroleum and oils making it impossible for the digestive system to cope with. This creates a blockage in their system which leads to an air bubble forming under the shell. This is devastating as it means Mr/Mrs T can no longer dive and submerge which leads to starvation, sun damage, attack from prey ending in death 😔 Most turtles brought to the centre are found floating in the waves with an air bubble under their shell and very underweight.
Once at the rehab you can’t surgically cut into the shell so the only hope is to be force fed and wait months to see if the blockage will pass from their system.
That’s why we will be saying señora to plastics and oppting for zero waste and recycled packaging @ethnx_community ♻️ Friends & Fam if you want to keep up to date with the new project, jump across to @ethnx_community for updates. #tbt Belize 🎬