Queensland researchers hope sea turtles, birds will benefit from plastic ban – AustraliaPosted on May 31, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
Queensland’s upcoming plastic bag ban is hoped to have a positive effect on endangered marine life and will be monitored by University of the Sunshine Coast researchers.
“The approach myself and my team took was, what is causing the biggest impacts? What is causing the most harm, in particular to sea turtles, and the single-use plastic bags were coming out on top every single year,” she said.
She believes sea turtles are particularly attracted to plastic bags floating in the ocean because they look like jelly fish – a prize snack for sea turtles.
“One thing that links all sea turtles is they love jellyfish,” she said.
“It appears that the sea turtles … prefer clear and white plastic bags, which is the colours you’d get with the jellyfish.”
Similarly, sea birds dive-bombing for a red squid dinner can find themselves swallowing a burst balloon, which floats on the surface of the water looking very much like a tasty squid.