Turtle hatchling defecates plastic following rescue

STORY: The turtle weighed 127 grams when it was found at Tamarama Beach in Bondi.

"Unfortunately the debris within the ocean does not just stick to any particular size animal or any specific species of animal. We've had hatchlings that fit into the palm of your hand that have had plastic ingestion and we've also had 100 kilo turtles that have also been found with lots of plastic bags and fishing line and stuff like that inside their internal gut system as well," said Taronga veterinary nurse, Sarah Male.

Taronga Zoo's Wildlife Hospital says it cares for up to 80 marine turtles a year which are admitted with injuries caused by entanglement in fishing lines, crab pots, hooks and plastic ingestion.

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