Charities have issued a strong appeal to members of the public to “think first” before dropping litter which can kill marine wildlife.
The North Berwick-based Scottish Seabird Centre has been joined by Keep Scotland Beautiful in a zero-tolerance campaign which is also being backed by the Marine Conservation Society.
They say litter can kill wildlife such as seabirds, dolphins, seals and turtles.
Plastic and polystyrene can be broken down into small bits in the sea and can then be ingested by birds resulting in death as a result of digestive problems. Plastic bags can cause animals to become entangled and can be mistaken for jellyfish, and other food by dolphins and turtles.
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