Sea Turtle Story - Final Straw

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Our Save The Ocean Jewelry Sea Turtle Story.

Researchers stumbled across an endangered Olive Ridley and a video tells the shocking story of how a simple straw can cause suffering i can hardly bare to watch.

The plastic was lodged in the sea turtle’s nasal cavity, reaching down into his throat, inhibiting his breathing and sense of smell—a turtle’s most important tool for finding food. It was no doubt messing with the turtle’s orientation and migration, and possibly even hindering his ability to find a mate.

“He might have also had trouble eating,” said Christine Figgener, a PhD student at Texas A&M University and a sea turtle expert, who was on the team that found the distressed creature and gave him aid. “Imagine you are regurgitating a hard spaghetti—for example while laughing—which ends up in your nose and gets stuck.”

Figgener and fellow researcher Dr. Nathan J. Robinson aren’t sure how long the sea turtle was swimming around with that thing in his nose. “It didn’t look super new, but who knows.

The turtle was a sexually mature Olive Ridley male—an endangered creature, found in waters in between Playa Nancite (Santa Rosa National Park) and Playa Cabuyal, off the Pacific shore of Costa Rica. Olive Ridleys are thought to reach sexual maturity at about 12 years, and may live up to 50 years, but they don’t know for sure. “So our guy should have been somewhere between 12 and 50 years old,” she surmised.

When she saw the turtle, she thought, “Is it a straw? Don’t tell me it’s a frickin’ straw.” You can hear her German-accented voice of exasperation and determination in the video.

She said the turtle may have ingested the straw while looking for food on the sea bed. Perhaps he “gagged on it, regurgitated it and it ended up in the wrong passageway. The mouth cavity (similar to us humans) in turtles is connected to the nose; the arch of the removed straw matches this anatomical characteristic perfectly.”

Without their permit for temporal removal of the turtle from its ocean habitat, She said her team could have gone to jail. But after working in Costa Rica for almost a decade, they knew there was no vet around the corner, especially one specialized in reptiles. So they acted, and they filmed it.

After the incidence, She said the team spent the two-hour boat ride back to harbor in silence. “We had no words. We just knew we had to get the video out to the public.”

“I’m a marine biologist and we stumble across plastic and fishing hooks all the time,” she said. “This is my life; it’s my whole life.” She usually walks the beaches at night. Sadly, “At least a turtle per night has some kind of incident with ocean pollution.”

I had a turtle that had a piece of plastic sticking out when she was dropping her eggs. She’d ingested a plastic bag, and it was tangled in her intestines. When we find dead turtles, we dissect them, and almost every single turtle has some kind of plastic.” 

If you have not seen this video we encourage you to watch it as heartbreaking as it is. We do not seek a "shock factor" for presenting this to you but rather educate as many people as we can, the suffering caused by the unintended circumstances of humans activity in polluting waterways and the dire consequences. 

Please Donate, Volunteer, Host a fundraiser, buy a bracelet, whatever you feel will contribute to stop this madness. Share these stories with as many as we can as mankind by nature has the utmost empathy for gentle giant sea creatures. However with all the strife and disorganization in this world we cannot ignore the fact that we are driving these endangered creatures whom have outlived the Dinosaurs and still survive to extinction which is final.Help fight extinction by purchasing a save the sea turtle necklace in which donations are made to conservation efforts.

But due to an out of sight out of mind mentality of Governments and Corporations. I truly believe collectively with our voices together we can save these and all majestic endangered creatures. By doing our part no matter how trivial it may be such as sharing with another creates a chain effect that will by working together will make this the final straw.

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