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Tiny Turtle Found Dead With 104 Pieces Of Plastic In Its Intestines

Tiny Turtle Found Dead With 104 Pieces Of Plastic In Its Intestines

A tiny dead turtle that washed up on a beach in Florida was found to have 104 pieces of plastic in its intestines.

A tiny turtle has been found dead with 104 pieces of plastic in its intestines. Credit: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
A tiny turtle has been found dead with 104 pieces of plastic in its intestines. Credit: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
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The tragic discovery was shared by Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in a Facebook post on Tuesday, which revealed that every dead turtle they had found during 'washback season' had plastic in its intestines.

The post read: "Not such a happy #TurtleTuesday this week. It's washback season at Gumbo Limbo and weak, tiny turtles are washing up along the coastline needing our help.

"Unfortunately, not every washback survives. 100 percent of our washbacks that didn't make it had plastic in their intestinal tracts.

"This turtle, which would fit in the palm of your hand, had eaten 104 pieces of plastic. This is a sad reminder that we all need to do our part to keep our oceans plastic free."

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Unfortunately, discoveries like this are all too common an occurrence. In July, a five-year-old turtle was found dead on Somprasong beach in Chonburi, eastern Thailand.

Veterinarian Kirin Sornpipatcharoen examined the body and found its belly full of plastic, including bags and food wrappers.

He said: "The turtle's stomach was full of plastic garbage.

"Most of the pieces looked like the tentacles of jellyfish, which might have confused the turtle into believing that they were food.

"We're sure that the plastic in the stomach contributed to or caused the tragic death of the turtle."

The sea turtle's stomach was full of plastic bags. Credit: Newsflare
The sea turtle's stomach was full of plastic bags. Credit: Newsflare

While plastic is evidently having a devastating impact on marine life, increasing awareness of the issue has seen people attempting to do their bit to help tackle the problem.

In August, the viral #FillTheBottle challenge saw people across the world pack empty plastic bottles with littered cigarette butts - with research indicating that one cigarette butt per litre of water can be highly toxic to fish.

LADbible has claimed the world's first country made entirely of trash to highlight the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.

Get involved and ensure the world's first country made of trash is its last. Find out more here

Become a citizen of the Trash Isles here

Donate to our charity partner, Plastic Oceans Foundation here

Featured Image Credit: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Topics: US News, trash isles, Animals

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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