A Turtle’s Journey: Plastic Bottles With Bite Marks Wash In Mobile County
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WKRG) – Dozens of plastic bottles washed up in the Gulf of Mexico with apparent sea turtle bite marks.
Share the Beach (STB) volunteers submitted the following photos to WKRG News 5.
STB says the bottles appear to be from the Caribbean or Central America. The bottles are taken from the Sargassum and washed ashore. Diamond shaped holes are turtle bites, parrotfish can also make similar marks.
According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, more than one million marine animals (including mammals, fish, sharks, turtles and birds) are killed each year from plastic debris in the ocean. Currently, it is estimated that there are 100 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans.
The solution: Education is important in solving marine pollution. The public can get involved in this issue by:
- Reduce, reuse and recycle plastics;
- Use reusable cloth bags instead of plastic bags when shopping;
- Support local, regional and national bans on plastic grocery bags;
- Do not throw trash. Instead, volunteer at local beach clean-up events;
- Make sure you secure your waste to prevent plastics from blowing off;
- Don’t drop balloons in the air. They travel far and end up in our oceans and are eaten by sea turtles who mistake them for food.
“All images of sea turtles obtained with the approval of the US Fish & Wildlife Service under
conditions not detrimental to this turtle or others. “