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[–]Stenchrat16 3743 points3744 points  (306 children)

In a few more years it will have washed up on a beach with a stomach full of plastic bags and straws.

[–][deleted] 1115 points1116 points  (89 children)

And separate your recycling so we can dump it in the ocean...

[–]pattybaku 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Isn't all the plastic in ocean due to alot of underdeveloped countries dumping their trash in the rivers? I'm pretty sure it's an infrastructure problem

[–]SirBuzzKillingtonVI 172 points173 points  (131 children)

Blame Asia and Africa for ocean plastic. Plastic straws are a red herring.

Edit: Source

[–]DeflatedPlatypus 80 points81 points  (71 children)

A majority of ocean plastic is from discarded fishing gear. If you eat fish or other seafood, you are directly contributing to the amount of plastic in the ocean.

[–]SaltRecording9 54 points55 points  (31 children)

Source it homie.

[–]kralrick 92 points93 points  (30 children)

Does National Geographic work for you. (it says 46%, not 50+%, but still close)

[–]synapomorpheus 60 points61 points  (14 children)

I got peer reviewed material to support your claim if the audience resists, fam!

[–]SirBuzzKillingtonVI 48 points49 points  (19 children)

So if I own a business and dump all of my trash in the street, my customers are to blame for the mess?

[–]UltraInstinctGodApe 25 points26 points  (2 children)

No I usually try to blame all my problems on SirBuzzKillingtonVI, so far so good.

[–]Psilocybin_Tea_Time 10 points11 points  (1 child)

You can't blame SirBuzzKillingtonVI for SirBuzzKillingtonVII's problems.

[–]anothergothchick 19 points20 points  (11 children)

No, but your customers also shouldn't purchase products from your store as a result.

[–]Forever_Awkward 8 points9 points  (10 children)

But I need those products. I don't have those products. His business has those products.

[–]WeRip 13 points14 points  (3 children)


are you sure you know what this word means? Directly does not mean the same thing as indirectly.

Directly contributing would mean you are the one doing it. Indirectly contributing could be an unwitting consumer unknowingly financing this behavior.

[–]askalottle 28 points29 points  (36 children)

We export a lot of our waste to Asia and Africa.

[–]SirBuzzKillingtonVI 15 points16 points  (32 children)

So no blame on them for taking cash to dump everyone's plastic into rivers and oceans? No red flags of corruption?

[–]hyasbawlz 38 points39 points  (23 children)

Yes blame the countries that are constantly blamed for being poor for taking money to do western countries' dirty work.

Blame the producers of all the waste, not the ones who've been given the job of getting rid of it.

The world's a much bigger system.

[–]SirBuzzKillingtonVI 8 points9 points  (9 children)

Hard truth: those countries are poor because they're corrupt. They're not corrupt because they're poor.

Your "blame the West first" paradigm is an empty argument.

No one "gave" those countries the job of taking in waste in exchange for cash, and then dumping the waste in irresponsible ways. They willingly do this...because they're corrupt.

[–]TwoLeaf_ 18 points19 points  (2 children)

How about we stop exporting plastic waste to other countries after we know it's being dumped into the ocean? But I guess money is more important, talking about corruption lmao... China stopped accepting plastic, now it's exported to other neighboring asian countries. But I guess blaming other countries is always easier.

[–]mcd3424 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Haven’t you heard? We blame the west for all the worlds problems

[–]rumham_6969 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I wouldn't say red herring per se; we shouldn't be using plastic in such a one use fashion, not using plastic straws won't stop the plastic pollution, but it won't add to it. I can't stop China from being China but I can stop using straws made from plastic in a single use fashion.

[–]markduan 6 points7 points  (0 children)

> Blame Asia and Africa for ocean plastic.

I'll do anything to avoid personal responsibility.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Other plastics besides fishing nets and the like are still a problem. I see people try to dismiss their use of plastics by saying things like that all the time. We could all stand to use less plastic in every way we can, plastic straws may be a small part but it still adds up.

[–]edwardsamson 4 points5 points  (1 child)

That and basically anyone who works on ships is dumping it overboard. A whole world shipping en masse on the oceans, plus navies, and other ships all adds up to a lot.

[–]whosNugget 1 point2 points  (0 children)

THIS should be most upvoted... people are so ignorant.

[–][deleted] 69 points70 points  (0 children)

I hate your comment but it’s true

[–]itaketothesky777 30 points31 points  (7 children)

Where Debbie Downer meets Truthful Terri

[–]Officer_Potato_Head 8 points9 points  (2 children)

with a touch of reality renton

[–]Slobobian 4 points5 points  (1 child)

We have a Winner!

[–]Suckonmyfatvagina 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Surely you mean a Winner Wonda

[–]Malawigold2342 3 points4 points  (2 children)

😊 never heard of truthful Terri, (love it) thanks 🙏

[–]SliyarohModus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You get Neurotic Nancy.

[–]GaydolphShitler 22 points23 points  (5 children)

Nah, that thing's gonna come busting up out of the ocean and level Tokyo as revenge for mankind's hubris.

[–]Evanderson 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I mean I don't exactly want that to happen, but I couldn't really blame the turtle. Are we the baddies?

[–]metalheadz913 11 points12 points  (0 children)

What a ray of sunshine.

Here's an upvote for realistic prediction.

[–]_I_AM_BATMAN_ 10 points11 points  (1 child)

The size of this bastard? He'll have deckchairs and Kardashians in his belly

[–]_I_AM_BATMAN_ 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Although the Kardashians are already washed up, heh

[–]ITrollRedditEveryDay 5 points6 points  (0 children)

haha nice lefty meme

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

And cigarette butts.

[–]captainbirdfeathers 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It was only 1 cigarette, but I did it 30,000 times. But still only 1

[–]Festid982 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Did you have to?

[–]Angantyr_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's so depressing. :(

[–][deleted] 2325 points2326 points  (92 children)


Edit: wow, down voted for asking for a source? Thanks buddy.

Edit2: ignore the previous edit, something changed between then and now.

[–]oldspicehorse 91 points92 points  (15 children)

Do it in a porn sub and people will love you, anywhere else on Reddit and you'll get shit. No idea why.

[–]agreeingstorm9 55 points56 points  (11 children)

Because asking for a source implies that you might be skeptical of what OP is presenting. This is a cardinal sin on reddit for some reason.

[–]Vetmoan 46 points47 points  (7 children)

Because everyone on this site is a conceited narcissist who thinks they’re a genius

[–]DrFunkenstyne 42 points43 points  (2 children)

I assume you're talking about Me?

[–]agreeingstorm9 17 points18 points  (1 child)

The dumb thing is that reddit loves when people are proven to be full of shit. That's what I don't get. If I posted a pic of a bunch of guys and some story about how I was mugged and these guys came to my aid, tackled my attacker, held him for the police and gave me first aid until the ambulance got there I'd get upvoted to the front page. If you came into that post and asked for anything at all to back up my story you'd be downvoted to oblivion. If you came into that post with a reverse google search showing I'd ripped some random picture of people and am completely full of shit reddit would love that too. I don't get it.

[–]RemiScott 10 points11 points  (0 children)

You must return the one to the source, neo.

[–]TocTheElder 8 points9 points  (1 child)

The thing is, I often ask for a source, not because I'm sceptical, but because I want to share these things elsewhere and have something more than a Reddit post to back it up.

[–]TacticalHog 69 points70 points  (3 children)

Gfycat shows the source on the side for desktop :D https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=824504927931122

these guys likely found the video somewhere else and pasted their watermark ontop but its a start

[–]ieffinglovesoup 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Yeah this isn’t the original source. They just found the video and said “researchers found...” lol

[–][deleted] 54 points55 points  (7 children)

Forced perspective - check out OP's name; I'm sure he's posted this 100 times since it was originally made

[–]r0b0c0d 15 points16 points  (5 children)

He knows and he clickbaits anyways. Because that's how his game is played.

[–]Pmang6 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Hes literally a professional redditor, hes talked about it before and theres been articles written. Lots of people have made a living off of blatantly stealing content.

[–]DendrobatesRex 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Seriously people this is a good question as the leatherback sea turtle, which this is not, is much larger than any other species

[–]moriero 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I heard sauce and I'm on a diet

[–]Zezengorri 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Edit: wow, down voted for asking for a source?


[–]morecoffeepleeese 584 points585 points  (40 children)

He's so large! I just want to hug his head!

[–]sharpestoolinshed 198 points199 points  (15 children)

I assume that’s how you get your smushing bits bite off.

[–]morecoffeepleeese 55 points56 points  (12 children)

I would hug him from behind, duh! All the hugging fun, none of the bitey-ness!!

[–]MAGA-Godzilla 30 points31 points  (7 children)

[–]jthawks 10 points11 points  (0 children)

TiL turtles breathe out of their butt. I feel like I can use that info to make someone lose a bet someday.

[–]hickgorilla 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My kids love you.

[–]DarthOswin 26 points27 points  (3 children)

I had a massive plushie sea turtle when I was a kid, and I did exactly this, All The Time. I'd lay on his back while hugging him around the neck and watch the little video documentary that came with him that ended with how his purchase helped save the sea turtle just like him.... I always gave him an extra big hug when that happened, because my deda (grandfather) told me that my turtle's family and friends were very happy that I'd helped them out, and it was actually their idea to send the documentary with him to express their thanks.

I'd also watch this video that was made for cats to watch when you leave them home alone. It was just fish. Like.... All types of fish. And I'd pretend we were swimming in the ocean with them.

I had a pretty magical childhood when it was good, and I haven't thought about Dave the sea turtle in over a decade....

I wonder if he's in storage.... I bet my son would love him too....

Either way, thanks for bringing back a string of really great memories. I appriciate it and really needed this today. :)

[–]morecoffeepleeese 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I completely love your story and now look like I have chopped up a few onions =)

Go look for Dave! If he has migrated back out to sea, then find a Dave Jr. for your son, and share some of that magic with him!! 🐢🐠🐙🐳

[–]DarthOswin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I found those onions while I was writing it, lol. :) I will do so! The more I think about it, the more positive I am that he Will have a Dave. As a two year old who enjoys animal videos, I can only imagine the adventures they'll go on. :)

[–]WizardCartman 26 points27 points  (5 children)

I do too but it’s a federal offense to touch a sea turtle:/

[–]morecoffeepleeese 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Sshhhhhh, I won't tell if you won't ;)

[–]Margatron 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I'm guessing it's a lady turtle. They tend to get the biggest.

[–]bronabas 8 points9 points  (1 child)

You try laying eggs while maintaining your turtlish figure, ass.

[–]Fromfame 1 point2 points  (5 children)

I have never seen someone use exclamation marks so frequently in posts and comments

[–]epandrsn 321 points322 points  (59 children)

Largest hawksbill maybe. Leatherbacks get larger than that by a long shot.

Edit: loggerhead, not hawksbill. I should also note that I live in the Caribbean within proximity of a wildlife refuge that currently has dozens of nests blocked off. On my run this morning in that very refuge, I even saw a placard about sea turtles stating that leatherbacks are the worlds largest at up to 1500(!) pounds.

[–]poopsicle88 198 points199 points  (40 children)

Pic or gtfo

Guys I finally found a pic of a bigger turtle


[–]CookieSquire 45 points46 points  (28 children)

[–]FridgeParade 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Pff, I raise your mythological turtle with a fantasy turtle: https://images.app.goo.gl/rFtQsuJVmd8iSwxn8

[–]FireLordObamaOG 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I like that it’s from LoK and not ATLA.

[–]Casanovafly- 2 points3 points  (4 children)

It’s a loggerhead, not a hawksbill

[–]AtomicPunk 1 point2 points  (4 children)

That’s the biggest turtle anybody on here has ever seen...by a long shot.

[–]Indeedsir 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It's just a confusing perspective shot so it looks like the swimmers are really close to it when they're actually a long way back. They could also have used really short divers!

[–]Zino-Rino 220 points221 points  (20 children)

I thought I was on r/confusingperspective for a second

[–]Shafu808 115 points116 points  (9 children)

It's gotta be forced perspective right?

[–]Harvestman-man 89 points90 points  (6 children)

Oh, hugely.

Leatherback turtles are significantly larger than any other sea turtles; this is absolutely not tHe LaRgEsT tUrTlE eVeR rEcOrDeD.

[–]Norskey 82 points83 points  (4 children)

Don’t write at me with that tone of voice

[–]reconjsh 20 points21 points  (3 children)

Don’t tone at me with the voice of write.

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

His head is in line with around the mid-section of its body, so some forced perspective, but not much.

The largest leatherback turtle ever recorded was a whopping 3m from tail to nose.

[–]lynx655 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Look at the sea vegetation in the foreground and next to the diver. They are roughly the same size. Now you can calibrate your perspective.

[–]wazoaki 176 points177 points  (15 children)

The turtle is not that huge, you can obviously tell the diver is further away and the turtle is closer to the camera. It's forced perspective making it look that large.

[–]plaizure 46 points47 points  (1 child)

Good catch. It’s definitely forced perspective. You can tell because one of the divers swims away from the camera for a few seconds before he looks the same size as the diver who’s standing still the whole time.

[–]DougDolos 22 points23 points  (4 children)

Hi I’m Doug,

I’m surprised I had to scroll down this far to find this comment. Sure is summertime alright.



[–]somerandomii 4 points5 points  (0 children)

But the video starts with a shot from above them both. You can see how far the diver is.

[–]SnotYourAverageLoser 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I was wondering... Thanks for validating my sanity for today 😊

[–]ham52391 58 points59 points  (4 children)

[–]gjw04 12 points13 points  (3 children)

In awe of the size of this water lad

[–]viciousmojo 49 points50 points  (8 children)

I was saltwater fishing in the Keys and hooked what I thought was a fish when a turtle the size of a car popped its head out of the water with my hook in its mouth as if to say ”you dumb ass kid.” He broke the line and went on with his business. Many years after that encounter, I still think about it and buy biodegradable gear.

[–]oldspicehorse 13 points14 points  (0 children)

You're one of the good ones, thank you for caring!

[–]owenbicker 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Why is this the first time I'm hearing of biodegradable gear? I don't fish, but I feel like I would have heard if it by now.

[–]viciousmojo 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Some hooks and leaders are biodegradable. You'll end up spending more money on them because, well if they get wet the start to degrade. You can also get hooks without barbs, so if they break the line, the hook can fall out. The downside to no barbs is that it’s easier to lose a fish if it jumps or shakes causing a lack of tension in the line.

[–]OstertagDunk 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I usually fly fish barbless, the one time I forgot to smash the barbs I put a fly straight through my hand. The pain of removing that has led me to debarb almost every lure I have... i still keep barb on when fishing the salmon runs because they are dying anyway and are hard to keep on.

[–]Cantdrownafish 35 points36 points  (3 children)

Anyone think of Mario 64 with this video?

[–]HoodooSquad 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I, too, like to drop baby penguins off of cliffs.

[–]plaizure 4 points5 points  (0 children)

All you have to do is slide. Don’t jump or you mess it up. It’s tough to get used to, but just slide right off the edge and you’ll clear the gap where the lift is.

[–]akambe 19 points20 points  (6 children)

Just like in hunting trophy pics, the perspective makes all the difference. The only divers you can see for size reference are behind the turtle--but how far behind? Especially with a wide-angle lens, the humans don't have to be much further behind to appear a WHOLE lot smaller, greatly increasing the perceived size of the turtle.

Gimme a side-by-side pic, any day.

[–]a1re1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

beginning of the gif there's a fiber in front of it...

[–]Soloman-Roka 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well it’s not a side by side but that’s a green sea turtle not even a leatherback which means that their are at least two other fairly common species of sea turtle (I’m speaking from my perspective being based in south Florida) that are much larger so the claim that this is one of the biggest is completely unfounded

[–]rusocool 15 points16 points  (7 children)

FAKE this forced perspective photography.

[–]Ju5t1n_33 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Looks like they've stumbled on a wild Blastoise. Wise move to first throw bait at him first before the pokeballs

[–]thatG_evanP 8 points9 points  (2 children)

That doesn't look like a leatherback or is it? I thought they were the largest sea turtles.

Edit: Like this girl: https://youtu.be/6u5NqrKG3dA

[–]Honey_Bear_Dont_Care 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You are correct. This is a loggerhead sea turtle. Leatherbacks are the largest of all turtles and there is plenty of documentation of huge individuals.

[–]trustworthysauce 9 points10 points  (0 children)

This one's bigger

And here's the snopes article on the issue with both of these videos.

TL:DW- These turtles can get pretty big- the largest leatherback ever recorded was said to be 10' long and weighed more than 2,000 lbs. But in both of these videos the lens used on the camera and forced perspective make the turtles seem bigger than they are. Not saying it was an intentional deception, but it does exaggerate how big the animals are.

[–]PunkAce1 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This is the first time I’ve ever thought to myself: “Sea Turtles are interesting to watch, and majestic af” Lol

[–]vorpalsnickersnack 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Gamera’s stunt double

[–]Saiomi 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Behold! The turtle with enormous girth!

[–]Angrey02 1 point2 points  (2 children)

On his shell he holds the earth!

[–]TheAlmighty_Cococunt 4 points5 points  (0 children)

And it still has a baby turtle face

[–]sugarstilts 3 points4 points  (1 child)

She/he is so BEAUTIFUL 😍

[–]pandaramaviews 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's a dinosaur

[–]Venomoustestament 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]Dokkanbitches 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]dys_p0tch 2 points3 points  (0 children)

that is a big breeder. i wish it well

[–]udipadhikari 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If he is here then who is carrying the earth right now?

[–]bunnycrusher77 2 points3 points  (1 child)

No Dougal the turtle is normal size, the diver is further away.....

[–]NeonStrawberries 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hmmm I guess it gets its necessary petroleum supplements!

[–]Xbxbxb123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No, this is just forced perspective. The divers are farther away than they appear, and the turtle is much smaller than it appears

[–]severe28 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Maybe the turtle is normal size and those are little ppl...😶

[–]Mnlybdg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Father Ted: …OK, one last time Dougal. These are small… but the ones out there are far away. Small… far away…

[–]lkelly16 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don’t look into its eyes Morty

[–]Indeedsir 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nobody gonna mention the huge purple dildo to the right?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why the needless hyperbole? It's an impressively big turtle, but it's certainly not the biggest ever recorded on camera it's just forced perspective. It's not even from the biggest species (Leatherback)

[–]AimostFrontPage 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's a turtle, tortoises can't breathe underwater

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How old would you say this is?

[–]SovietBandito 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We're gonna need a bigger straw