First off, let me say that I love reading your newspaper. I borrow it from my boss when it comes in. This letter is in response to an article in your publication regarding sea turtles consuming plastic bags floating in the ocean. (“Plastic ocean debris poses potential harm to turtles,” Sept. 28, Page 13).
It is very unfortunate that we have debris in the ocean and that the sea turtles mistakenly eat the plastic bags thinking that they are jellyfish. Since we can't change human nature, trash accidentally ending up in the ocean or sea turtle confusion, I can't help but wonder if there might be another solution.
Some animals can't see certain colors. Do sea turtles have a color they can't see, and would it be feasible to consider making plastic bags that color?
This might help reduce the number of bags that turtles consumer under the false premise that the bag is a jellyfish.
Just “food for thought.” Please share with any scientists you might know. Thanks for caring.