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On Greta Beach, Christmas Island, a staggering sight was caught by an environmental scholar and shared by PTS Our Island. A mother turtle who returned to her place of birth to lay eggs found herself amongst a sea of garbage. Surrounded by the plastic trash and other items discarded by the human visitors of the beach, the animal had no chance of making a nest and laying eggs the way it should naturally happen for the species. Instead, she had to leave her eggs on a trash heap.

Once the baby turtles hatched, they were welcomed by the exact same landscape and had to struggle desperately to make it out to the ocean. These animals deserve better.

It is estimated that around 270,000 tons of plastic are now floating on the surface of the ocean. This overwhelming amount of pollution currently threatens 700 different marine species with extinction – and that number will only continue to grow over the years unless we ALL act!

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18 comments on “Mother Turtle Forced to Nest on a Pile of Trash Highlights the Issue With Disposable Plastics (VIDEO)”

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Christmas Island Tourism
3 Months Ago

There is a mis-representation in this article that the plastic trash on this beach is discarded by the human visitors to the beach - this is incorrect. Greta Beach is one of our turtle nesting beaches on Christmas Island, with Dolly Beach being the other - turtles nest here all year round. Greta Beach is located on the East Coast of Christmas Island, and is subject to receiving much debris, mostly from the southern Indonesian islands and Sumatra. Christmas Island residents are very proud of our Island, and are against ocean plastic pollution, especially as we see first hand the potential harm it causes to the marine life who chose Christmas Island as their home. You may be interested in this article by Dr Peter Green "Greta\'s Garbo: stranded seeds and fruits on Greta Beach, Christmas Island, Indian Ocean" (Google it) - although it concentrates on seeds and fruits, it gives a good indication as to where the debris on the beach comes from - and unfortunately over the past 16 years since this paper was written, the plastic pollution problem worldwide has increased. There are many concerned citizens and groups on Christmas Island which do their best to tackle the marine debris problem, including Island Care Christmas Island, and the Christmas Island District High School - all of which arrange beach cleanups on Greta on a regular basis to provide the best opportunities for our nesting turtles.


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Cyndi Dovell
3 Months Ago


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CorDarryl Morgan
3 Months Ago

Chris Driscoll


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John Pasqua
3 Months Ago

MUST MAKE BANS ON THE TRASH OR EARTH IS DONE NOW.


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Cristine Rokicki Jonsen
3 Months Ago

I really hope that whoever recorded this turtle struggling in the trash helped clean it up for her.


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Karen Gradwell
3 Months Ago

This is diabolical


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nancy
3 Months Ago

another disgraceful country. clean your shit up


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Adrian Appley
3 Months Ago

Everlasting plastic should be made illegal.


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Anne Bunny Oliver
3 Months Ago

Disgusting doesn't cone close to describe it:(


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Guylaine Thibaudeau
3 Months Ago

La bêtise humaine. Je nous déteste


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