A sea turtle drifting in the water with a plastic bag wrapped around its neck was found in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay.
The dead turtle was spotted on Saturday by Antonio Pereira Dos Santos, who was spending the day in Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A plastic bag was wrapped around the animal’s neck. The pensioner wanted to save him and even jumped into the water to get him, but it turned out that the turtle was already dead.
– I was sad, I tried to do something to save this turtle. People still take pictures of such situations, but this does not solve the problem – said Antonio Pereira Dos Santos.
According to marine biologist Mario Moscatelli, the plastic bag choked the turtle or acted as an anchor, dragging it under the water where it drowned.
– Sea turtles are now abundant in Guanabara Bay. Unfortunately, they fall prey to several problems such as fishing, sewage and garbage, mostly plastic, which they often mistake for food. They feed on plastic, thinking it is food and choke on it. Unfortunately, this is the reality in Guanabara Bay – said Moscatelli.
Hundreds of animals are killed or injured by plastic debris off the coast of Rio de Janeiro each year. According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), about eleven million tonnes of plastic are thrown into the ocean each year. Garbage can be a deadly threat to seabirds and the entire ecosystem.
Main photo source: Reuters