Photographer’s Video About Plastic Pollution Endangering Baby Sea Turtles in Honduras Goes Viral
Our planet has a plastic problem. The environmental devastation caused by plastics accumulating in the oceans and other waterways has severely threatened natural wildlife. In Honduras, one photographer was determined to capture the plight of baby sea turtles, in a world overrun by plastics. The shocking footage she captured has since gone viral.
Too Young To Live
Caroline Power, a photographer, living in Roatan, Honduras, has been documenting and saving endangered baby hawksbill sea turtles from plastic pollution. The patches of trash that collect in Roatan can’t compare to the behemoth Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but they pose a significant threat for vulnerable, endangered species like the hawksbill sea turtle.
Unable to speak for themselves, Caroline Power captures the plight of endangered turtles struggling to survive in a habitat overrun by plastic. Many young turtles confuse plastic debris as food and cut their life expectancy short as a result. When filming sea turtles making their journey to the ocean, Caroline has had to free some of the turtles caught in obstacles like plastic rings or empty snack containers.
Dangers Of A Plastic Diet
For a sea turtle, even one piece of ingested plastic can be fatal. Younger sea turtles have a high risk of perishing after eating plastic, and the risk is 50% after chowing down on 14 pieces. Photographer Caroline Powers is moved by the threats to endangered sea turtle’s survival, as sea turtles cannot regurgitate anything, including toxic plastic.
Photography and documentaries are powerful tools to clearly show how much plastics are impacting wildlife and creating a planetary imbalance. The amount of plastics in waterways has disrupted the ability of sea turtles and other marine life to reach the age of maturity for reproduction. Considering that sea turtles can enjoy a healthy sex life and live for decades, plastics are thinning the herd.
Endangering A Species
Studies have surmised that half of the sea turtle population has eaten plastic, and the problem isn’t going away. Marine biologist, Sandra Hochscheid commented, “We need to reduce our consumption of plastic and change…”
Caroline Power believes that the plastic problem in Roatan is caused by plastics traveling from the Motagua River and other waterways in Honduras and Guatemala. Humans need to realize how much impact their lifestyle and consumer decisions have on wildlife and lessen their dependency on disposable, single-use plastics. In late 2018, NowThis News aired an exclusive of her video “Baby Turles Struggle to Swim Through Pastic Pollution in Honduras” that had nearly more than six million views as of March 2019.
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