Barra Vieja, Mexico, February 18, 2012 – Plastic litters the beach along Barra Vieja south of Acapulco. The beach is a popular nesting ground for leatherback sea turtles throughout the year. Plastics, particularly bags, are a special danger for the turtles because it can look just like their favorite food source – jellyfish – when it’s in the water.
Leatherbacks are also one of the more endangered species, mostly due to human activity, including being caught in fishing nets, ingestion of plastic and trash, and illegal egg collection. The latter is a considerable problem in Mexico despite laws enacted in 1991 protecting the turtles.