Kemp's ridley after ingesting a balloon

20020611_145654_26915.jpg

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



FWC Facts:
After reaching sexual maturity at 4-7 years, female manatees give birth to an average of one calf every 2-3 years. The calf stays with its mother for up to 2 years.

Learn More at AskFWC