It’s clear, it’s blobby, and it floats in the ocean. This photo of a moon jelly in Monterey Bay makes it easy to understand sea turtles’ confusion in mistaking plastic bags for their favorite snacks. It’s a hard call when jellies can look so much like (no offense) trash. Unfortunately for the turtles, the mistake can be fatal if too much of that non-digestible plastic accumulates in their stomachs. Maybe they’d be better off sticking to jellies that resemble breakfast foods.
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