Two turtles, once ensnared in a fishing net and grievously injured, were joyfully released back into the wild, their recovery a testament to resilience and compassionate care

Two turtles have been released back into the wild after one contracted a near-deadly infection caused by consuming plastic.

Rare Loggerhead Sea Turtle Rescued From Fishing Net in Argentina - The Westside Gazette

The pair were rescued after they had tangled themselves in a fishing net nearly three months ago in Argentina waters.

They were brought to Mundo Marino Educational Park, an aquarium, where they spent nearly three months in rehab.

Analysis found that one of the turtles was defecating plastic and revealed an abscess blocking its nostrils, which left untreated could have been fatal.

Rare Loggerhead Sea Turtle Rescued From Fishing Net in Argentina - The Westside Gazette

It’s believed the reptile ingested either a plastic bag or another plastic item thinking it was a  natural food sources.

Veterinary surgeons had to manually unclog the animal’s nostrils and give it antibiotics for the infection, believed to have been caused by consuming the plastic.

The second turtle who was rescued at the same time was found to be healthy after undergoing clinical observation and analysing its blood samples and faecal matter.

The team released the two turtles back into the sea, they spent over two months in rehab at the Mundo Marino Foundation, by whom they were rescued from being tangled in a fishing net. One contracted a near-deadly infection caused by consuming plastic

Without the treatment, the animal would have died due to the severity of the infection and made it easier for other sea creatures to prey on it.

The foundation is warning about how plastic consumption and disposal is destroying the sea’s ecosystem.

Hiram Toro, 37, operational coordinator of the veterinary team said: ‘At the time of admission, one of the turtles defecated nylon, a type of plastic that usually appears in supermarket bags.

‘In addition, the turtle that defecated nylon and presented an infection in its nostrils.

‘We were able, through radiographs, to determine that the infection was exclusively in that area, since our main concern was that the infection had spread to their lungs.

The vets gave him an intramuscular antibiotic and manually extracted the abscess that blocked his nasal passages.

After one of the turtles started to defecate plastic, further analyses revealed an abscess blocking its nostrils, which if left untreated could have been fatal. It’s believed the reptile confused natural food sources including jellyfish or gelatinous fauna, with a plastic item

It took more than six ten-minute sessions to remove the gunk from the turtles nostrils, which was the result of an deadly infection from eating plastics. Here, the team remove the gunk manually and also treated the turtle with intramuscular antibiotics

It’s believed the reptile confused natural food sources including jellyfish or gelatinous fauna, with either a plastic bag or another plastic item. The infection, which was caused by consuming the non-degradable waste, required antibiotics

‘Because the airways were obstructed by infection, that turtle had a lower capacity for breathing and diving,’ the Mr Toro said.

‘This would make it less competitive in the search for food in relation to other reptiles of their species.

‘Another sign of the consumption of plastic was that the turtle entered without an appetite.

‘This can be caused by the false sensation of satiety generated by the intake of non-nutritive elements – in this case, plastic – that occupies space in the digestive tract.’

As well as providing intramuscular antibiotics, the team performed six sub-ten-minute sessions to clean and remove gunk and pressure from the nostrils.

While the team were glad to see the turtles released this week, they expressed concern about the growing amount of plastic pollution in the ocean.

They believe 97 per cent of turtles helped by the foundation have consumed plastic, and so far this year 10 out of 16 rescued were found to have non-natural items in their digestive system.

After the animal recovered and was released back into the wild last week, the organisation is warning about how plastic consumption and disposal is destroying the sea’s ecosystem.

The organisation is warning about how plastic consumption and disposal is destroying the sea’s ecosystem. While the team were glad to see the turtles released this week, they expressed concern about the growing amount of plastic pollution in the ocean

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