Species in Okinawa
Plastic bags are petroleum-based and do not biodegrade. Sea turtles mistake plastics bag as food like jellyfish and ingest it. This causes blockages within their digestive system and eventual death.
Plastic straws and reusable utensils often get stuck in the nostrils of sea turtles, causing difficulty breathing and potential death.
Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales, and other marine mammals, and more than 1 million seabirds die each year from ocean pollution and ingestion or entanglement in marine debris.
Most balloons are falsely marketed as biodegradable latex. Sea turtles often ingest them and die from not being able to digest them.
FP causes cauliflower-shaped tumors on soft parts and internal organs of sea turtles. The cause of FP is believed to be linked to ocean pollution and global warming.
Toxic metals may concentrate in the liver and kidneys of sea turtles. Chronic exposure to pollutants makes sea turtles susceptible to disease and death.