Plastic bag amnesty to help turtles

Sea Life Centre Blackpool is launching a plastic bag amnesty to highlight the dangers they pose to turtles, as well as other marine animals, worldwide when they are mistaken for food.
Sea Life Centre Blackpool is launching a plastic bag amnesty to highlight the dangers they pose to turtles, as well as other marine animals, worldwide when they are mistaken for food.
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Turtles are being offered a helping hand by conservationists from Blackpool’s Sea Life Centre who have launched a plastic bags amnesty.

The marine attraction launched its month-long Turtle Fest on Monday to raise awareness of the plight of turtles across the world.

The amnesty highlights the fatal effects plastic bags have on thousands of marine animals, with turtles being just one of the animals often confusing the bags for food.

Sea Life would like anyone with plastic bags lying around the house after a weekly shop or collecting under their sink or in a cupboard to bring them into the centre to be recycled correctly, ensuring they do not end up in oceans.

The centre already leads by example, providing paper bags to customers at its gift shop.

Jenn Newton, general manger of Sea Life Blackpool, said: “Plastic bags take years to degrade and pose a real threat to marine wildlife from birds to turtles and fish including basking sharks.

“We hope that by offering to dispose bags correctly we can ensure far fewer bags are allowed to enter the ocean eco-system.”

Turtle Fest, which runs to Sunday June 2, will see a host of special activities staged at the Sea Life Centre, on the Promenade, to highlight sea turtle conservation efforts.

The centre is home to Mississippi map turtles, a Chinese soft shell turtle and musk turtles.

As well as the plastic bag amnesty, Sea Life Blackpool will host daily turtle talks, a beach clean on May 23 at 2pm and a special turtle weigh-in on May 28 at 11am.

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