Published on May 29, 2019

Sea Turtles Provide Picture of Plastics Problem


"I'm going to lay out the entire length of this turtle's gastrointestinal tract," Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary Director Bob Prescott told a hushed room of Wayland seventh graders.

The students were getting the rare chance to observe the necropsy—an animal autopsy—of a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle as part of a new curriculum on marine plastics pollution developed by Wellfleet Bay education and science staff.

Educator Morgan Peck says schools and students are increasingly concerned about the impact of plastics on marine animals, especially sea turtles. "The fact we found so many macro-plastics during our winter necropsies this year provided the perfect platform to explore this topic," she notes.

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