Blue Surf Cafe, Wilmington, NC
Betsy's Crepes, Wilmington, NC
|Kirstin holding up her Porthole to the Sea|
|Kim Beller sharing the ocean samples|
|Julie Hurley on spoil island cleanup duty|
|Can you locate 4 different species?|
|Sargassum full of plastic as it washes in on Bermuda|
In the good hands of the knowledgeable and qualified staff at the ARC, I imagine this turtle recovered and was released at an appropriate time in a well-considered place. Though sea turtles missing a flipper are as common in the sea as three-legged dogs are on land, no one can know her true fate or how long she survived. I do know her appearance on the beach that day was life changing and impactful on the tourists who found her and, subsequently, on those who heard their story and saw the pictures.
Seeing the tiny bones and pink flesh sticking out beyond the little tourniquet of plastic, I know that education doesn't get any more raw than this. Our personal experiences seeing harmful human-caused results are the only thing that can augment how and when we take personal responsibility for the impact of our actions on the environment. This turtle lost her right arm to our use of plastics. Her story needs to be shared and shared widely.
|Former Director of CasaTortuga.org, Karen Comstock is now advocating for the Earth and her oceans from the mountains of Western North Carolina while pursuing an advanced degree in New Media and Global Education from ASU, Boone NC.|