Sea turtle swimming amongst marine debris off of the Kaho'olawe coast.

Ka'ehu, Maui data

*Click to view:  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.2034/full

*Click to learn more about Hawaiian hawksbills: www.HIhawksbills.org


Besides ingesting marine debris, sea turtles and other animals often get entangled in it...

Kanapou, Kaho'olawe data

Kahoolawe sea turtle swimming amongst marine debris

It has been well documented that multiple species of marine life are consuming marine debris.  This post-hatchling was found washed ashore on Kaua'i, with these items in its stomach:

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We've collected thousands of SHARKastics!  We want to figure out which species of sharks, seabirds, sea turtles, marine mammals, fish, plesiosaurs, etc. are biting these plastics and if they are actually consuming the plastic (which would obviously be bad for them)...  

Our primary study sites are Kaho'olawe, Maui and Palmyra Atoll.