WATCH: Researchers remove plastic straw from sea turtle's nose

By Jill Replogle

If this doesn’t make you rethink accepting that plastic straw the waitress offers you next time you’re at a café, nothing will.

A turtle researcher recently posted a video on YouTube of her colleague removing a plastic drinking straw from the nostril of an olive ridley sea turtle off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

At the start of the video, a hand holding a pair of small pliers begins to tug on the end of something whitish lodged into the turtle’s left nostril, flush with the skin.

As the turtle’s would-be savior struggles to dislodge the object, the turtle snorts, it bleeds, it blinks its big, sad eyes.

At first the researchers think it’s a parasitic worm, but then they snip off the small piece that they’ve managed to pull out of the turtle’s nose and cut it open with the scissors on a Swiss army knife.

Four minutes into the video, a man off camera says in Spanish, “Es plástico.”

“¿Plástico?” the woman filming asks. “Is it a straw? Don’t tell me it’s a freaking straw.”

The woman filming is Christine Figgener, a second year marine biology PhD student at Texas A&M University. Her colleague with the pliers is Nathan J. Robinson, a post-doctoral fellow at Indiana-Purdue University.

They soon determine … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times


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