Wayne Ledwell from the Whale Release and Strandings group, found an endangered leatherback turtle that was washed up on the shores of Newfoundland a few days ago.
The group, estimated the turtle had possibly been there, dead for weeks before it was discovered.
Its death wasn’t at all natural, but instead, according to an autopsy, Ledwell said the turtle likely starved to death because of a green garbage bag which the reptile ingested.
I was almost shocked when we cut open the stomach and (lining) the intestine was this garbage bag
In fact, the animal’s gastrointestinal tract was blocked because of the garbage bag, which according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the turtle might have mistakenly taken it for food.
Another amazing creäture is now dead because of the carelessness of some people. Maintaining the cleanliness of the world’s oceans is an important job, as it contains about 80% of all life on this planet.
This 300-kilogram seat turtle which was found dead is yet another victim of marine pollution, an avoidable problem if we concentrate our efforts towards its awareness.