Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video says about itself:

Flatback turtle hatching out of the egg shell. Taken at Flinders Beach, Mapoon, Queensland, Australia.

From Wildlife Extra:

Phantom fishing nets endangering marine turtles in northern Australia

January 2013. Australia’s national science agency, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) scientists working with GhostNets Australia and Indigenous rangers are identifying hotspots where lost fishing nets are threatening marine biodiversity.

640,000 tonnes of fishing nets discarded every year

Worldwide, around 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear is lost or discarded each year. These ‘ghostnets’ can continue fishing for decades, entangling huge numbers of marine animals, including threatened and commercially valuable species.

Major problem

Ghostnets, originating mainly from fisheries in Asia and Australia, are a particular problem in Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria, where they can reach densities of up to three tonnes/km, among the highest recorded worldwide.

Impacting marine turtles

“Our research goes beyond…

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