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Plastic bags out at San Diego SeaWorld gift shops

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld says it will stop using plastic bags at its San Diego theme park's gift shops on June 18 to cut plastic pollution in the ocean.

Company officials told the San Diego Union Tribune they hope to save a million plastic bags from being used. Customers will be offered paper and reusable sacks instead.

The ban on plastic bags coincides with the opening of the park's Turtle Reef attraction, which focuses on ecology. Officials say plastic bags can be a major problem for some types of sea turtles that mistake them for jellyfish.

There will even be side-by-side tanks showing what a turtle sees, with plastic sacks in one and jellyfish in the other.


Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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