Earlier this summer, Lead Scientist on Earthwatch’s Costa Rican Sea Turtles, Nathan Robinson, found a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nostril. He filmed the 2 minute struggle to remove the straw (please note some people might find this video upsetting).
Last week, whilst on an Earthwatch expedition he found another sea turtle that had fallen victim to plastic pollution with a plastic fork stuck inside its nose (please note some people might find the video upsetting).
It is distressing scenes like this that demonstrate why resilient species like the sea turtle which has been around for 200million years are unable to cope with human activities which are choking oceans and freshwaters.
Fortunately Earthwatch runs programmes with people like Nathan who are able to deal with these problems, but prevention is always better than a cure. Our FreshWater Watch citizen scientists, in partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, scientifically examine the sources of litter in the Great Lakes. You can join your own local community clean up group and become an ambassador for the water life near to your home.
Individually we can all reduce our environmental impact by reducing our reliance on plastics, by finding alternatives, using less single-use items and disposing of our rubbish responsibly.