SAN FRANCISCO - A bold step has just been taken by some of the nation's leading aquariums, including two in the Bay Area.
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They are joining forces to try to reduce plastic pollution in rivers, lakes, and oceans.
Nearly 9 million tons of plastic wind up in the ocean every year-- the equivalent of a dump truck full every minute of every day. The debris threatens creatures like sea turtles.
One was found with a plastic straw up its nose.
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This week, the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are among 19 taking a stand nationwide.
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