Sea Turtles vs. Plastic

Did you know that 6 out of 7 sea turtle species are endangered due to human pollution? Sea turtles eat many things throughout the vast ocean and lately, scientists have found a lot of plastic waste that have been mistaken for food for many sea turtles. The problem is that many people don’t know that plastic is poisonous to sea turtles just like how chocolate is poisonous to dogs. Sadly our carelessness has impacted the turtles society and has done a lot of harm and nearly made them go extinct from human cases.  


Humans have inflicted damage on the sea turtle’s population. When we litter even just on the street, we could threaten a turtle’s life. There are storm drains that lead to the ocean. If humans just throw trash on the ground, water from rains or flood  could flush out to the storm drains which lead to the oceans. In addition  if you lived by a beach, the rain could wash trash straight to sea where waves could wash it to the ocean where  turtle could accidentally swallow it.  Unusual things can go out to the ocean. There are even tiny bits of plastic in hair products that are microscopic. Even these are poisonous to turtles. Plastic bags are also a problem.Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and try to eat them. They end up choking on them or being poisoned. However, turtles are not the only animals that consume plastic. Seabirds and other marine animals have been found dead on the beach. Later scientists to open them up and find plastic and chemicals in their stomachs. This proves that not only the turtles are suffering for what is happening. Others are trying to figure out how to help the other turtles.


Scientists are working on the problem today, they state, “It is only a matter of time before we see the same problems in other species, and even in the fish we eat.” They are currently looking for ways to stop this problem. Everything in these circumstances come back to pollution and how we need to stop dumping garbage in the ocean. Or else, things for the turtles, and other sea life, could go extinct. Norris, a sea turtle currently at the sea turtle hospital in the South Carolina Aquarium, in Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the many turtles to experience plastic poisoning. Poisoning is terrible and proves that we need to do everything we can to protect the turtles.


We can take many extra measures to prevent this from happening. First, we can stop dropping trash close to storm drains that way, less trash will go to the oceans. Therefore, less turtles will mistake it for jellyfish or other types of food and die. Also, stop flushing anything you don’t need down the toilet. It is the  wrong  way to dispose of unnecessary waste, and it is just plain disgusting. Use a trash can, or another appliance to dispose of trash properly . In other cases, put recycling in the recycling bin as there is no need to throw away usable plastic. Finally, reuse all things possible like shopping bags. You too can make a contribution to the problems throughout the world.