Monday, March 16, 2009
Death by Plastic
Leatherback turtles survived the extinction of the dinosaurs. But they may not survive manmade plastic. “After reviewing the results of 371 necropsies since 1968, we discovered over one third of the turtles had ingested plastic,” said Dalhousie University biologist Mike James last week upon releasing the study based on post-mortem examinations. So when at the beach, or anywhere near the water, you can do these ancient mariners a favor by picking up trash. A bonus: bending burns calories and counts as exercise.