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A GIANT sea turtle has been found dead after swallowing more than 300 bits of PLASTIC.
The helpless creature starved to death because its guts were clogged with debris including bags, lids, tape and fishing line.
The 317 separate pieces of rubbish found inside it by horrified experts were enough to cover an entire table top.
Scientists say the incident is one of the worst cases of pollution in open water ever recorded.
The turtle was found dead on a beach at Ballina, New South Wales, on the eastern coast of Australia. Marine biologist Rochelle Ferris said: "It just shows how much plastic there is out there in the ocean. The turtle's digestive system just shut down."
Recent studies show a third of all sea turtles are being slowly poisoned by marine litter, with at least 50 cases reported in Australia alone every year.
A plastic bag can look like a squid to a hungry turtle while a piece of white lid may appear to be a shellfish.
Sea turtle populations around the world are also increasingly in danger from pollution, illegal fishing and becoming tangled in nets.
It's the largest landfill in the world, and it floats in the middle of the ocean. The gyre has actually given birth to two large masses of ever-accumulating trash, known as the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches, sometimes collectively called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Eastern Garbage Patch floats between Hawaii and California; scientists estimate its size as two times bigger than Texas [source: LA Times]. The Western Garbage Patch forms east of Japan and west of Hawaii. Each swirling mass of refuse is massive and collects trash from all over the world. The patches are connected by a thin 6,000-mile long current called the Subtropical Convergence Zone. Research flights showed that significant amounts of trash also accumulate in the Convergence Zone.
The United Nations Environment Program estimated in 2006 that every square mile of ocean hosts 46,000 pieces of floating plastic [source: UN Environment Program]. In some areas, the amount of plastic outweighs the amount of plankton by a ratio of six to one. Of the more than 200 billion pounds of plastic the world produces each year, about 10 percent ends up in the ocean [source: Greenpeace]. Seventy percent of that eventually sinks, damaging life on the ocean floor [source: Greenpeace]. The rest floats; much of it ends up in gyres and the massive garbage patches that form there, with some plastic eventually washing up on a distant shore.
Solutions offered by the public range from thoughtful to wacky: “Why couldn’t it be possible to collect the larger pieces of trash by skimming the most polluted concentrations with troll nets and attaching them to helicopters that would then deposit them into the path of the ongoing lava flow of Kilauea to be consumed and incorporated into new rock?” one person asked in a blog comment. Other ideas include vacuuming the sea and converting the plastic into an alternative energy source (plastics are made from petroleum).
That will happen eventually, say when oil gets to $2000 a barrel, that stuff floating on the ocean will be quite valuable. with oil at only $100 a barrel, it's too cheap to incentivize anyone to recover that mess for economic reasons.
Originally posted by tinker9917
Isn't cleanup possible? Shouldn't it be a priority?
Other ideas include vacuuming the sea and converting the plastic into an alternative energy source (plastics are made from petroleum).
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For the second time in a month, flood waters and trash from the city's landfill in Nanakuli were discharged into the ocean along Oahu's Leeward Coast Wednesday night.
Scientists say a massive trash plume generated by Japan's tsunami is floating across the northern Pacific Ocean and heading east for Hawaii.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish (fill) the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Originally posted by JustBreathe11
Dang. Humans suck so much
We are going to kill every single thing on this freaking planet. I hope we get wiped out and the planet with all the animals gets saved. Humans are the problem that is killing mother earth.
Originally posted by Carseller4
Natures garbage disposal.
Awesome that we have these animals cleaning up after us! [/quote
If you really feel that....
you are not really human...or
you are and i am not.....so humans
are evil and im not human....or game
some different planet.....How you can
even say it....???did you eat aal the time