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Did you hear about the poor male Olive Ridely sea turtle that underwent a bloody and painful ordeal to have a straw between 10cm and 12cm long removed from its nostril?
Well, for those who haven’t, now you have. If you wish to read more, it is documented in the National Geographic article: “For Animals, Plastic is Turning the Ocean into a Minefield”.
For those who wish to see how it was done, the video of this operation can be found on YouTube on The Sea Turtle Biologist channel titled: “Sea Turtle with Straw up its Nostril – “No” to plastic straws”. Be warned that the video content is graphic and contains strong language.
Did you also know that you could well be responsible not just for this sea turtle’s plight but other marine creatures as well?
Any plastic material or plastic thrash that enters our oceans due to our laziness, carelessness or sheer ignorance could well be viewed as food for the marine animals.
Now did you know that the fish we consume could well contain the plastic that originated from your very own hands?
Yes, the oceans are not our garbage disposal systems. The plastic thrash has to end up somewhere and it may well end up in your very own body because of the seafood you ate and cause even greater harm than the straw that was extracted from the sea turtle.
Not convinced? Do watch our video above: “How Our Plastic Thrash become Plastic Bullets”.
We term the plastic thrash thrown into our seas “plastic bullets” as it would one day return and perhaps do us more harm. So whenever you have the intention to throw any plastic material into the sea, do think twice about it.
We had an opportunity to speak with ocean explorer and marine conservationist Scott Cassell and asked him about the impact made by manmade plastics that are found in our oceans.
Scott Cassell is also the brand ambassador for Luminox and he is one of our favourites as he not only fights for real humane causes but is also keen to share his views, concerns and even highlight solutions to manmade problems.
Luminox supports Cassell’s marine conservation activities conducted via non-profit organisations Sea Wolves Unlimited and Undersea Voyager Project with several collections in its portfolio. One of the latest is the Deep Dive 1550 Series seen towards the end of our video.
If you wish to know more about Scott Cassell, do check out this video: “5 Questions with Ocean Explorer Scott Cassell” as he explains what he does and the importance of our oceans.