Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Kemp's ridley after ingesting a balloon

Plastics and other marine pollution cause injury and death to many sea turtles. Many turtles mistake this floating trash for food and attempt to ingest it. Pictured here is a juvenile kemp's ridley turtle that attempted to ingest a balloon along with several yards of nylon ribbon. The ribbon and balloon were removed and the turtle was able to be released.

Image Credit: Mote Marine Laboratory

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Manatees feed for 6 to 8 hours daily, consuming about 4 to 9 percent of their body weight in wet vegetation, such as seagrass and other aquatic plants.

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