In this video we can see why plastic garbage is very harmful to marine life and why plastic straws are one of the most useless plastic items that exist, especially if they end up as garbage in our oceans. A video that is having a great impact on social networks, and that we hope will open the eyes of millions of people about how plastic waste affects marine creatures in particular and our oceans in general.
Christine Figgener and Dr. Nathan J. Robinson found a sea turtle during a research trip in Costa Rica. He had a 10-12 cm plastic straw lodged in his nostril.
First they thought they were dealing with a parasitic worm, and tried to identify it, finally they realized what it really had.
After a short discussion about what to do, they concluded that it was best for the animal to remove it. They removed it with pliers from a Swiss army knife, which was the only tool available, since they were in the sea a considerable distance from the coast and several hours away from any veterinarian or any X-ray machine. The turtle suffered during extraction but it was inevitable for his future and so that he could breathe more easily.
They disinfected with iodine and kept the turtle under observation before releasing it again.
The bleeding stopped almost immediately after the extraction of the straw.
It is very likely that the turtle has eaten and regurgitated the straw, ending up on the wrong track. The nasal cavity of sea turtles is connected directly to the palate by a long nasopharyngeal duct.
After the viralization of the video, many people asked to support Christine in her research project and, for this reason, she launched a campaign on gofundme.