Turtle rescued from a fishing net in Argentina has 26 straws worth of plastic ...

TWENTY-SIX straws worth of plastic found in the faeces of a green turtle that was saved in Argentina after becoming entangled in a fishing net Green turtle became trapped in a fisherman's net off the Argentine coast   Fisherman saved the creature before taking it to a nearby specialist aquarium   X-ray images revealed the animal's digestive tract was clogged up with plastic  The turtle received treatment hand has been excreting plastic in its faeces  

By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline

Published: 10:10 GMT, 27 January 2020 | Updated: 10:10 GMT, 27 January 2020

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A beleaguered turtle saved from almost certain death in a fishing net has been found to have large quantities of plastic in its excrement. 

The green turtle became hopelessly entangled in a fisherman's net off the coast of Buenos Aires, Argentina, before being freed. 

Inspection by vets at a nearby specialist institute revealed significant amounts of plastic in the animal's digestive tract and faeces. 

Vets say the poorly animal has so far expelled almost half an ounce (13 grams) of plastic from its body, equivalent to 26 straws, four plastic cups or 2.5 credit cards. 

A green turtle became hopelessly entangled in a fisherman's net off the coast of Buenos Aires, Argentina, before being freed and taken for professional treatment

A green turtle became hopelessly entangled in a fisherman's net off the coast of Buenos Aires, Argentina, before being freed and taken for professional treatment 

Vets say the turtle has so far expelled almost half an ounce (13 grams) of plastic (pictured) from its body in its faeces, with more expected in the coming days

Vets say the turtle has so far expelled almost half an ounce (13 grams) of plastic (pictured) from its body in its faeces, with more expected in the coming days

Ignacio Pena, a veterinarian at Mundo Marin, took X-ray mages of the marine animal's innards to see what was causing it to behave unusually and found plastic clogging the digestive tract

Ignacio Pena, a veterinarian at Mundo Marin, took X-ray mages of the marine animal's innards to see what was causing it to behave unusually and found plastic clogging the digestive tract 

Roberto Ubieta, a fisherman from the coastal town of San Clemente in the province of Buenos Aires, saved the turtle after finding it trapped in his fishing nets.

Mr Ubieta said he took it to the Mundo Marino marine foundation for treatment after the animal appeared unwell.

According to a spokesperson for the aquarium, the turtle repeatedly defecated plastic waste after admission, including chunks of plastic, nylon bags and wire. 

Roberto Ubieta, a fisherman from the coastal town of San Clemente in the province of Buenos Aires, saved the turtle after finding it trapped in his fishing nets. He found another turtle two weeks ago in his nets which had unfortunately died

Roberto Ubieta, a fisherman from the coastal town of San Clemente in the province of Buenos Aires, saved the turtle after finding

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