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