These pieces of rubbish have done serious and very often fatal damage to the turtles even amputating their limbs and suffocating them. Authorities estimate that as many as 1,000 turtles are killed yearly by our garbage and our carelessness.
It is believed by many scientists that more turtle deaths occur from plastics than from oil spills. These animals even mistakenly eat plastic instead of food. The discarded plastic is referred to as "floating traps" for these animals.
The author realizes that these images are disturbing but it is hoped that they will help to bring awareness of this problem to our readers.