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Plastic, warm seas and propellers – the Cornwall turtle is a modern parable

It’s a beachcomber’s nightmare: an enormous leatherback turtle slumped on a Cornish strand. The 1.8-metre-long animal, discovered on Sunday at Marazion beach, has since been necropsied (an animal autopsy) by researchers from the University of Exeter, who found plastic in its stomach. Leatherbacks, like other endangered marine turtles, rely largely on jellyfish for food, and a billowing bag in the water can look very similar. The university reports that it has found plastic in “almost all” of the turtles it has examined. It estimates that 1,000 turtles die each year as a result.  Read more...



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