Odors from marine plastic debris elicit foraging behavior in sea turtles

Curr Biol. 2020 Mar 9;30(5):R213-R214. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.01.071.


Pfaller et al. report that sea turtles respond to odors from biofouled plastic debris with the same behavior that is elicited by food odors, providing a possible unifying explanation for why sea turtles interact with marine plastic.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Feeding Behavior* / drug effects
  • Odorants*
  • Plastics / adverse effects*
  • Turtles / physiology*
  • Waste Products / adverse effects
  • Water Pollutants / adverse effects*


  • Plastics
  • Waste Products
  • Water Pollutants