Recently, scientists have discovered rocks made from plastic debris in Trindade Island which is a remote turtle refuge is sparking alarm.
About Plastic Rocks:
- Melted plastic has become intertwined with rocks on the island, located 1,140 km (708 miles) from the southeastern state of Espirito Santo.
- They are made of a mixture of sedimentary granules and other debris held together by
- The pollution on this island mainly comes from fishing nets, which are very common debris on Trinidad Island’s beaches.
- The (nets) are dragged by the marine currents and accumulate on the beach. When the temperature rises, this plastic melts and becomes embedded with the beach’s natural material.”
Key facts about Trindade Island
- It is located in the South Atlantic Ocean.
- It is one of the world’s most important conservation spots for green turtles, or Chelonia mydas, with thousands arriving each year to lay their eggs.
- The members of the Brazilian navy maintain a base on the island and protects the nesting turtles.
Q1) Why are Chelonia mydas called Green Turtles and where are they normally found?
Green turtles are named for the greenish colour of their cartilage and fat, not their shells and are found mainly in tropical and subtropical waters.