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The use of plastic bags is an ongoing concern for Crocodile Joe. Because the bags are not biodegradable (meaning they will not rot down) they are causing big problems for thousands of turtles, whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and fish. The animals are eating plastic bags mistaking them for jelly fish and as they cannot be digested, their stomachs become filled with plastic bags and eventually the animal dies

It is not only plastic bags that are killing our animals but other plastic objects are potentially very dangerous, items such as plastic bottles and packaging are consumed by seabirds and other animals mistaking them for prey - many seabirds and their chicks have been found dead, with their stomachs filled with such items.   It has been estimated that over a million sea-birds and one hundred thousand marine mammals and sea turtles are killed each year by eating plastics. What can you do???

LOOK HOW SIMILAR A JELLYFISH IS TO A PLASTIC BAG !!!!!!!

Useful links

http://www.kidsrecycle.org/

http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/recycle.htm

http://www.aaenvironment.com/environmental-concerns-recycling.htm Suggested by Erika a student from Cleary Mountain Middle School in Virginia