Orford Ness, Suffolk
early 21st century
Recent research concludes that turtle traps such as this were deliberately released to be carried by winds into the sea. These gas-filled vessels would float on the water’s surface, and through mimicking the movement of jellyfish entrap turtles in considerable numbers. Plastic remnants found in the fossilised remains of turtles indicate that this was a significant factor in their demise and subsequent extinction in most regions.
On loan from Fran Crowe / The Museum of Beyond.