Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Endangered Turtle Found Dead in Newfoundland after Eating Plastic: Rescue Group

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Endangered Turtle Found Dead in Newfoundland after Eating Plastic: Rescue Group

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Endangered turtle found dead in Newfoundland

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A rescue group says an endangered leatherback turtle that washed up on the shores of Newfoundland died because it ingested a garbage bag.

Wayne Ledwell of the Whale Release and Strandings group said the 300-kilogram sea turtle had likely been dead for weeks when rescuers found its decomposing remains at a beach in Point Lance Tuesday.

Ledwell said after performing an autopsy on the massive reptile, which he estimated to have been around 50-years-old, it was determined the turtle had starved to death after the green garbage bag obstructed its gastrointestinal tract.

"I was almost shocked when we cut open the stomach and (lining) the intestine was this garbage bag," Ledwell said. "It's kind of sad that that's the ending to that animal. …

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