Do Turtles Really Eat Plastic?

When the 5 Gyres team made it to the Azores after our North Atlantic marine debris investigation they took the opportunity to see who on the Faial (the island where we landed) worked on ocean issues and if anyone was working on plastic. This led them to give a presentation at the University of The Azores where we met researcher, Marcos Santos. Marcos works on tracking sea turtles and he's noted in the necropsies he's done on juvenile sea turtles that many have lots of plastic in their guts. Santos says that juveniles will eat anything looking for a meal, while adults are more particular.

Manuel Martinez

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