Taj the Turtle

Hi, my name is Taj and I'm a green sea turtle who lives in the tropics of Australia. My friends and I travel very long distances to find food and breed. You may have seen me popping my head up out of the water while you've been on holiday on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Because I spend my life travelling I see lots of plastic from different countries around the world. Once plastic is in the big blue ocean, wind, weather and currents push it around all over the world! 

The biggest issue I have with plastic is that it looks like the food I like to eat! My diet is made up of seaweed, sea grass and jellyfish. And sometimes a white plastic bag under water can look like a jellyfish or a green micro-plastic can look like a piece of seaweed!

When we eat this plastic it can make us very sick! Turtles need lots of energy to travel around the world and if we eat to much plastic we won't be able to survive! Sometime we can also get tangled in it. When we come up to breath it can be very hard for us to break-away from discarded fishing net and plastic bags. 

My friends and I have been on the planet for millions of years and my cousins were around when dinosaurs were walking the earth and we've never encountered anything as dangerous as plastic. We want to live on this earth for many more millions of years to come - so please recycle and put all your rubbish in the bin!