Sick Sea Turtle Rescued in South Carolina

According to, each year, approximately 8 million tons of plastic junk ends up in the ocean. We realize that there are islands made entirely of trash in the Pacific Ocean, but even the small pieces alone can do damage.

Having mistaken a plastic bag for a delicious jellyfish, a 500-pound leatherback sea turtle ended up stranded on a beach in South Carolina. The sick turtle, nicknamed Yawkey, is being treated with antibiotics at South Carolina Aquarium. It took 5 people to haul the turtle from the beach.
There was no sign of external injury, so the rescuers concluded that swallowing a plastic bag likely caused a buildup of gas in the digestive tract that made the sea turtle buoyant and washed him to shore.
400 marine species are being affected by the amount of trash that ends up in the ocean, and many of those species are endangered. The damage that one plastic bag can do to a turtle is an indication of how important it is to cut down on waste.
Thankfully, a lot of effort is being put into getting rid of plastic bags. England has recently began charging 5 pence per plastic bag, which will cut down on plastic bags there by 80%.

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