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The microplastic threat to turtles

Scientists are warning that microplastics found deep in the sand on beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs could disrupt hatching success and alter the ratio of females and males born. Up to 130,000 fragments of plastic were found per cubic metre on the beach surface in Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea. Professor Brendan Godley of Exeter University was one of the researchers.

(Photo: green turtle hatchling. Credit: Sam Weber)

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