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A Poignant Issue Gone Viral: Straw In A Sea Turtle's Nostril

Updated: Feb 4, 2019


Due to the plastics that permeate the sea, moaning creatures are sending an urgent cautioning to people.


Four years back in time, the whole world was flabbergasted when the sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose off the shore of Costa Rica was exposed. The declaration of the withdrawal of plastic straws pursued the arrival of the video below.

This video displays an olive ridley sea turtle, also known as the Pacific ridley sea turtle, getting a plastic straw extricated from its left nostril. This impactful video started to spark plastic straw bans.


Christine Figgener (middle) with Macdonal Gomez, Daniel Stuart, Andrey MacCarthy, and Vee Koleff. (Time, picture provided by Figgener)

Christine Figgener, a marine conservation biologist graduated from Texas A&M University, and her colleagues were examining sea turtles for data on sea turtle mating when they noticed a worm-looking thing in a nose of a 35 kilograms (77 pounds) reptile. Realizing that going to the veterinarian would take hours, they removed the 4-inch (10 centimeters) plastic piece themselves.

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