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Turtle Has Plastic Straw Removed From Nose By Marine Biologists In Costa Rica

17/08/2015 11:01 BST | Updated 17/08/2015 11:59 BST

A sea turtle, appearing to be in excruciating pain, has been helped out by a group of marine biologists after they removed an object stuck in its nose.

The scientists in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, found a piece of debris stuck in the reptile's air passageway and attempted to remove the object, at first, thinking it was a worm.

The traumatic events that followed saw them spend several painstaking minutes trying to remove the entity, using a pair of tweezers.

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A straw had become lodged in the sea turtles nose

The group were eventually able to chop off a part of the item, which is when they discovered what it was.

One member of the team is heard saying: "Don’t fucking tell me it’s a freaking straw, that is just stupid."

They removed the remaining plastic excess from its nostril and disinfected the turtle’s air passageway with iodine.

The team kept him under observation until the bleeding stopped.

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According to research in February, eight million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean, which is a figure that could increase over the next ten years.

Silent Springs, an environmentalist website, claim that there are six times more plastic in the oceans than there are plankton.

They estimate that the straws contribute to over 1,000,000 seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals ingesting plastic.

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