Thailand’s plastic-filled seas claim another endangered turtle

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The carcass of an 8kg turtle lies washed up on Somprasong Beach in Najomtien.
The carcass of an 8kg turtle lies washed up on Somprasong Beach in Najomtien.

Pattaya – Thailand’s plastic-filled oceans claimed another endangered sea turtle that confused trash for food.

Veterinarians from Sattahip’s Sea Turtle Conservation Center were called to Somprasong Beach in Najomtien’s Moo 3 village on July 22.

Vet Kirin Sorapitatcharoen confirmed the death of the eight-kilogram reptile, which measured 41 centimeters long. It had been dead about a week and its shell was broken from decomposition.

An autopsy determined that the turtle died from eating garbage, including plastic bags, which turtles confuse for jellyfish.

An autopsy of the turtle revealed it had recently ingested numerous items of plastic garbage.
An autopsy of the turtle revealed it had recently ingested numerous items of plastic garbage.