Decline of sea turtles show why plastics bill is necessary

In the April 9 Herald there was a article about the decline in giant sea turtles off the West Coast. There was one sentence that jumped out at me. Off the West Coast the turtles gorge on jellyfish before swimming back 7,000 miles.

After reading that article I went back to a recent guest commentary by Sara Papanikolaou, a field representative for Oceana who lives in Woodinville (“Flow of plastics into lives, environment must end,” The Herald, April 4).

It talks about Senate Bill 5022 and to call your elected officials to support this bill regarding plastics and recyclying.

Sea turtles commonly mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their main food sources. This would explain the decline in sea turtles.

Rosie Tatel


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