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Straws: A turtle’s worst enemy

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Sea turtles are a very special animal. They are also critically endangered and on the verge of extinction. There is so much pollution in our oceans, and it seems to go slightly unnoticed. You can go fifteen minutes without noticing trash in the ocean.

There are some people who are trying to stand up to this turtle trash problem, like Youtuber Danny Duncan. In every one of his videos, dating to about two months ago, he tells people to recycle straws. That way the trash, specifically straws, won’t end up in the ocean, killing or harming the sea turtles.

According to Roots and Shoots, every year over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. Currently, it is estimated that there are 100 million tons (about 200 billion pounds) of plastic in oceans around the world. It is expected that another 60 billion pounds will be produced this year alone.

With this growing number of marine animals dying each year, there is only a matter of time before we start losing species left and right.

There are already seven extinct species of turtles that we know of. This is over a long period of time, but if we don’t start making changes soon, like recycling and putting our trash in a more responsible place, we will lose more marine life species, sooner than you could expect.

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