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Large plastic mass washes up in Juno Beach

Sea turtles often confuse clear plastic film for jellyfish
Closeup of plastic mass found on the beach.
Plastic mass on the beach loggerhead marinelife center
Posted at 12:25 PM, Mar 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-22 12:48:27-04

JUNO BEACH, Fla. — A large, tangled mass of plastic was removed from Juno Beach by a South Florida sea turtle conservation group over the weekend.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center was alerted about a "mysterious debris item" that washed up on the beach.

Workers with the nonprofit sea turtle hospital were able to remove the mass after a few tries.

Upon closer inspection, they discovered that the mass was made up entirely of clear film plastic, which closely resembles jellyfish when floating in the ocean (a common food item for sea turtles.)

The origins of the plastic mass are unknown. It weighed in at 515 lbs.