Before you say, ‘plastic bags floating in ocean are not jellyfish and they aren’t food’, remember that a sea turtle cannot tell the difference. Plastic bags being carried by ocean currents often wind up on the same currents on which seas turtles feed. Once a turtle eats a bag, it can become stuck inside the animal. The turtle can get sick, both due to toxic substances in the bag, and because the turtle stops eating because it feels ill. The only way to remove the bag is through surgery. It is a major procedure, and it takes a long time for the sea turtle to recover. Without help, the sea turtle will die. In truth, plastic bags are a new – and deadly type of ‘jellyfish’ threatening the sea turtle.