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Turtles Dying From Eating Trash Show Plastics Scourge in UAE

A rescued Green sea turtle swims in a pond at the Khor Kalba Conservation Reserve in the city of Kalba, on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates, on Feb. 1, 2022. 

A rescued Green sea turtle swims in a pond at the Khor Kalba Conservation Reserve in the city of Kalba, on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates, on Feb. 1, 2022. 

Photographer: Kamran Jebreili/AP Photo
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Kalba, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The hawksbill sea turtle lay belly-up on the metal autopsy table, its shell ashen and stomach taut.

A week ago, the adolescent turtle washed up on a beach in Kalba, a city on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates. Once unspoiled, the coast of mangrove trees is now fouled by piles of trash dragged from nearby landfills. Strewn across the shore are plastic bags, packages, bottle caps — and far too often, dead turtles.