WATCH: Scientists Remove Plastic Straw From Sea Turtle’s Nostril in Heartbreaking Video

Plastic straws have always been an item of convenience, but have you ever thought about how they impact the environment? They may seem harmless, but straws are among the top ten marine debris items. In the last 25 years, more than 6 million straws and stirrers were picked up during annual beach clean-up events. If you still think that straws aren’t a big deal, maybe these heartbreaking images of a sea turtle with a straw up its nostril will make you change your mind. Experts say the poor turtle most likely ate the straw and regurgitated the straw where it ended up in the wrong passageway.

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