More than half of the world's sea turtles swallowed marine plastic waste, according to a study. 토토사이트
According to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday (local time), researchers from the Australian Federal Institute of Science and Industry (CSIRO) found hundreds of pieces of plastic in 52 percent of the 1,000 turtle carcasses found on their beaches.
There were various types of garbage, such as hard plastic pieces, balloons, and candy shells from plastic bags.
The research team found that plastic garbage can cause a tortoise to die.
"Although it is already known that many floor turtle plastics are consumed, this is the first time that plastic has been found to kill a turtle," said Chris Wilcox, a scientist who participated in the study.
Even a piece of plastic could kill a turtle.
"Some of the turtles we surveyed swallowed a single piece of plastic, but another one exploded with plastic," said a professor of animal ecology at the Sunshine Coast University in Australia.
The probability of death of a sea turtle swallowing a piece of plastic is 22 percent, and that of swallowing a piece of plastic is 50 percent. When a piece of plastic reaches 100 pieces, the chances of turtle death are 100 percent, the research team explained.
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the amount of plastic garbage entering the world's oceans has doubled over the past two decades.
The WEF predicted that if plastic waste continues to flow into the ocean at this rate, there will be more plastic waste in the ocean than there will be in fish by the year 050.