In this video, we see Amir Rahim, a WWF-Pakistan trained observer, step up to detangle an Olive Ridley turtle who was caught in a polypropylene (PP) bag in the Arabian sea. According to Rahim, it was the first time he’d seen a turtle trapped in such a bag rather than a fishing net.
Polypropylene is a type of plastic that is made from the same substance that fuels our cars. Such a bi-product cannot degrade in the environment, instead, it breaks into smaller and smaller bits of microplastic over time. These minuscule pieces are left floating in the ocean where they come into contact with marine animals. Tragically, it is estimated that 700 marine species are in danger of extinction due to plastic in the form of entanglement, ingestion, and pollution.
While this turtle was successfully released back into the ocean, there are thousands of others that aren’t this lucky. The good news is we can all act to protect marine life and it starts with our daily choices. Join One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign to learn more.