In this recent reminder of the harmful effects of our irresponsible disposal of single-use plastics, the turtle rescued in Bueno Aires was also found to weigh less than average.
A heartbreaking video of a turtle has surfaced which shows how he was forced to excrete the plastic which it had consumed. The turtle was caught in a fishing net off the coast of Buenos Aires, Brazil, reports METRO. It was then rescued by the Mundo Marino foundation. During a routine check-up, it came to the vets' attention that the turtle weighed less than the average. Soon they ran some blood tests to find out what exactly was wrong with the turtle.
There's still a collective denial about the impact of plastic on the ocean. Many of those impacts are still unknown and will reveal themselves in the coming years with shocking implications for the human race. We must act now, or face the consequences. https://t.co/FqhsHKMVrq— Blue Planet Society (@Seasaver) May 14, 2019
When the reports finally arrived nothing seems to be out of the ordinary but after a few hours, the turtle began eliminating a huge amount of plastic along with its excreta. The video clearly shows a swimming turtle that is lifted up by one of the staff members and the trail of plastic can be easily spotted coming out of its rear. Plastic, when consumed created a gas in the digestive system. This generation of gas in their digestive system could be a problem while they are looking for food or escaping a predator because these things usually require them to dive into the water.
However, the creation of gas in the system can hinder their abilities. Conveying his concern, Juan Pablo Loureiro who is a vet from Mundo Marino says, "It is worrying to find rubbish inside the digestive system of a marine turtle." He further elaborates on the health risks that consuming plastic creates. He continues, "You have to bear in mind that the accumulation of garbage generates the sensation of a lack of hunger that is decreasing due to the lack of food." Also "this makes them weaker and will condition their chances of survival."
The poor turtle then underwent an X-ray which helped them check if there was any more plastic remaining in its system or not. After which it was released into its natural habitat before after giving it some time to recover. The foundation was able to rescue 24 turtles this year and the scariest part is that out of the lot, 11 turtles had defected out plastic while they were being treated. This isn't the first time that the involvement of man has caused a problem from the other creatures in nature.
The death of nine gray whales had alerted the scientists at the Marine Mammal Center reported CNN. The Chief Research Pathologist, Dr. Padraig Duidnan said, "The death of nine gray whales in the San Francisco Bay Area this year is a cause for serious concern and reinforces the need to continue to perform and share the results of these type of investigations with key decision-makers." After performing a thorough Necropsy on the whales they found that some of them died due to malnutrition and some suffered a blunt force trauma from ships.
1/2: The Marine Mammal Center confirms a dead gray whale washed ashore early this morning at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Our scientists & partners plan to perform a necropsy, or animal autopsy, tomorrow in an attempt to determine the cause of death. 📸 Credit Sarah Maria Curran pic.twitter.com/6sDhSnhz8H— The Marine Mammal Center (@TMMC) May 6, 2019
The center also added, "Whales and other marine mammals face numerous human-caused threats and solutions must be found to protect healthy and vulnerable species alike." In the late 1800s, the gray whales were at the verge of extinction with only 2000 of them remaining. An international agreement was signed in 1946 that helped saved these species and take them off the Endangered list. But it seems like humans are falling back to their old habits and these poor creatures are suffering because of it.
1/3 The Marine Mammal Center confirms that the adult female gray whale that washed ashore at Ocean Beach in San Francisco died as a result of a ship strike. Our experts performed a necropsy this morning with our partners at California Academy of Sciences. pic.twitter.com/dtrY1dZAo7— The Marine Mammal Center (@TMMC) May 8, 2019
In this endless list of heart-wrenching events, another video has been surfing the internet. It shows a bunch of scientists removing a plastic straw stunk in the nostrils of a sea turtle for almost 10 minutes. According to National Geographic, a sea turtle expert at Texas A&M University in College Station, Christine Figgener, helped move this injured olive ridley sea turtle off the coast of Costa Rica. Figgener first thought, "it looked like a worm." Unable to say for sure they started extracting the object out of the 77-pound male turtle. To their surprise, it was a wrinkly brown plastic straw.
They were able to remove the straw which measured up to four-inch. Figgener further said, "We couldn't believe what we had just pulled out of that turtle." She also informed how, "Olive ridleys feed on crustaceans, especially on the seabed." Owing to the polluted seabed the turtle might have consumed the straw which might have choked him and while being forced out got stuck in his nose. It's sad how these animals are suffering due to no fault of their own.