QCOSTARICA – Marine bioligists in Costa Rica were horrified to discover an endangered sea turtle with a plastic straw lodged in its nostril.
Christine Figgener, a field biologist with a research interest in conservation filmed the excruciating eight minute-long extraction operation, which left the turtle bleeding and clearly wincing in pain.
Figgener and her companions were on an in-water research trip in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, when they found a male Olive Ridley sea turtle with what at first they thought was a parasitic worm burrowing into its nose.After debating what to do, they decided to remove it with a Swiss army knife – the only tool they had available on the boat.
The biologist explained the decision to remove it on the boat was not one that could have been avoided.
“We were on the ocean a few hours away from the coast and several hours away from any vet and x-ray machines. Plus, we would have incurred a penalty on ourselves by removing the turtle since that is beyond our research permits,” said Figgener.
When they removed part of the large object they realised it was in fact a plastic straw.
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