publication . Article . 2015

Plastic ingestion by sea turtles in Paraíba State, Northeast Brazil

Poli, Camila; Mesquita, Daniel Oliveira; Saska, Cinthia; Mascarenhas, Rita;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2015 Journal: Iheringia. Série Zoologia, volume 105, pages 265-270 (eissn: 0073-4721, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: FapUNIFESP (SciELO)
Abstract
ABSTRACT Currently, plastics are recognized as a major pollutant of the marine environment, representing a serious threat to ocean wildlife. Here, we examined the occurrence and effects of plastic ingestion by sea turtles found stranded along the coast of Paraíba State, Brazil from August 2009 to July 2010. Ninety-eight digestive tracts were examined, with plastic found in 20 (20.4%). Sixty five percent (n = 13) of turtles with plastic in the digestive tract were green turtles (Chelonia mydas), 25% (n = 5) were hawksbills (Eretmochelys imbricata), and 10% (n = 2) were olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea). More plastic was found in the intestine (85%) than in oth...
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free text keywords: Marine debris ingestion, gastrointestinal blockage, Chelonia mydas, Eretmochelys imbricata, Biology, Plastic pollution, Lepidochelys olivacea, biology.organism_classification, Digestive tracts, Carapace, Ecology, Ingestion, Digestive tract, Ingestão de lixo marinho, bloqueio gastrointestinal, Zoology, QL1-991
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publication . Article . 2015

Plastic ingestion by sea turtles in Paraíba State, Northeast Brazil

Poli, Camila; Mesquita, Daniel Oliveira; Saska, Cinthia; Mascarenhas, Rita;