Turtle in trouble

Published: Tuesday 15 October 1996

Garbage floating in the oceans could pose a threat to marine life. One such site is a remote group of islands in the Indian ocean, 1,500 km southwest of Jakarta, Indonesia, where the population of green turtles inhabiting the shores is endangered. Thousands of rubber flip-flops are being washed onto the shores of the Cocos and Keeling islands, marring their pristine environment. Flip-flop manufacturers from Indonesia, Japan and Taiwan have been dumping their rejects into the ocean.

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