A young green turtle defecated almost a dozen of bits of plastic and trash from its tiny stomach after being rescued in a fishing net off the coast of Argentina.
The turtle, about 35 centimeters long, expelled a total of 18 grams of plastic fragments such as nets, plastic caps, styrofoam, nylon, and cellophane, according to vets.
"When the animal was isolated in these pools, we saw that it quickly began to eliminate a large amount of plastic waste in its feces. We were impressed by the amount of plastic it excreted in such a short time due to the small size of the animal," said Karina Alvarez, a biologist at the Mundo Marino Foundation.
Despite the turtle releasing a large amount of waste, x-rays revealed a blockage of debris in the animal's intestines. It continues under treatment at the rescue center of Mundo Marino foundation.