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