An international study led by a University of Queensland researcher has revealed more than half the world's sea turtles have ingested plastic or other human rubbish.
The study, led by Dr Qamar Schuyler from UQ's School of Biological Sciences, found the east coasts of Australia and North America, Southeast Asia, southern Africa, and Hawaii were particularly dangerous for turtles due to a combination of debris loads and high species diversity.
"The results indicate that approximately 52 per cent of turtles world-wide have eaten debris," Dr Schuyler said.
In Thailand on the island of Ko Haa, a group of Scubafish divers recently rescued three sea turtles struggling for their lives.
It was the end of a beautiful day diving when the boat captain spotted something unusual floating on the surface of the water. As the divers got closer they found a huge discarded fishing net with three entangled turtles, trapped and struggling to breathe.
This week a turtle got saved during a dive by a friend of mine while he was diving on ras marovi, he spent 25 min entangling the poor things and was rewarded with the turtle rushing back to the surface for a gulp of fresh air.
The Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRACC) has a few unused places in the Ocean Science course from 25th March 2012. This is a 6 day intensive course open to PADI advanced divers or above. Course includes unlimited diving, food and accomodation, lectures, materials and transportation from Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia.