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How dangerous are straws to turtles?

 
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So my daughter LOOOOOOVES all animals!  At the moment her biggest concern revolves around straws and turtles.  I have heard (solely through her) that plastic straws kill turtles, somehow.  I don’t want to kill turtles and I REALLY don’t want the wrath of my little girl!! But I just pulled out a plastic straw and stuck it in a drink and now I am in trouble.

I am wondering if there is anything I can do to the straw NOW to make it not dangerous, especially to turtles.  Try as I may, I can only think of 2 options, neither being great.

Option #1 is to cut the straw into many little pieces but I am afraid that this will make a bunch of little rings that will cause trouble.

Option #2 is to melt/burn the straw into a little chunk of plastic or vaporize altogether.  

Frankly, neither option sounds great, but inaction, harming a turtle or incuring the wrath of my daughter seems much worse (especially item #3!).

Thanks in advance,

Eric
 
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what happened to the good old days when straws were made out of waxed paper
plastics are a major problem world wide
here's a picture I took earlier this year when the river came up real high
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plastic litter
plastic litter
 
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Oh you beast.  Shame.  

Maybe you could do something useful with it in the house?  Perhaps ask her how she thinks it might be used so it doesn't end up in a turtle's nose?  

She may have seen one of these images, which are disturbing.

https://www.google.com/search?q=straw+seaturtle+nose&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjEtqe-wO3lAhVCMawKHZMfAigQ_AUIESgB
 
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Sounds like you're in big trouble with your daughter, Eric.

Well, how about a positive approach. No one can turn back the clock, but what we can do, is something different next time. If you really like to drink through straws, may I suggest stainless steel straws. They're reusable, they'll last your lifetime if they don't get damaged or crimped beyond functioning, and most importantly, they're turtle friendly! (I made that last part up) Anyone interested can find some in the following link which come with a cleaning brush for those that like milkshakes but don't do dishes right away  and I know there are other websites/outlets/retailers to get stainless steel straws from too.

https://www.thetickletrunk.com/5-straws
 
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James,

Here is the stink of it,  we actually just bought some steel straws, specifically because my daughter was concerned about turtles!!

I SHOULD have grabbed one of those, but I forgot about them and grabbed a plastic one instead (grrr!!)!

Now I am trying to remediate my previous action.  I am leaning towards torching the straw, but this is not sitting terribly well.  On the other hand, I just am not certain what to do!!

Thanks though,

Eric
 
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