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Green turtles may confuse plastic for seagrass

Green turtles are likely mistaking pieces of plastic for their normal diet of seagrass, according to a study published in Scientific Reports that examined the stomach contents of dead turtles found on Cyprus beaches. "Sea turtles are primarily visual predators -- able to choose foods by size and shape -- and in this study we found strong evidence that green turtles favor plastic of certain sizes, shapes and colors," said Emily Duncan, one of the study's authors.

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