The Last Straw

A sea turtle with a straw up its nostril has been helped by researcher biologists off the coast of Guanacoste in Costa Rica.  The poor creature was clearly in discomfort and pain during the plastic straw’s extraction, but thankfully the turtle recovered from the ordeal and was safely returned to the sea.

The sheer volume of plastic in our oceans is clearly detrimental to marine life. The turtle very likely ate the straw and regurgitated the straw where it ended up in the wrong passageway. The nasal cavity of sea turtles is connected directly to the palate (roof of the mouth) by a long nasopharyngeal duct.

The incident is another curious example because in The Earth Emperor’s Eye young Sarah Whittenbury, Nature Detective, pretends to be a vampire with the help of a folded plastic straw. She does so during a pub discussion in which the threat posed by a feared Grim Dread is aired.  Later in the tale, it’s revealed that Sarah wore the straw in bed, much to the amusement of an undead entity observing her.

What can it mean?

Well, there are seven species of sea turtles. They are the leatherback sea turtle, green sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, flatback sea turtle and olive ridley sea turtle. Four of the species have been identified as “endangered” or “critically endangered” with another two being classed as “vulnerable”. Perhaps its another example of Mother Nature alerting humanity of the perilious state of the planet and many of her creatures.

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