Green and Leatherback turtles are swallowing plastic at twice the rate they were 25 years ago.
The research conducted by the University of Queensland and CSIRO found the turtles are eating plastic more than any other form of debris.
Ocean dwelling turtles were found to consume more debris than their coastal dwelling counterparts.
The researchers aren’t certain why the turtles are eating more plastic.
However turtles in areas with high levels of marine debris did not necessarily experience a correspondingly high probability of debris ingestion.