The news of aquatic animals dying due to consumption of plastic ain’t new to us and honestly, we are to blame for it. The obsession of humankind with single-use plastic is the biggest concern of environmentalist around the globe.
Our oceans are filled with 5 trillion pieces of plastic and it’s affecting fishes, mammals and other water animals. Recently the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Inc shared images of a plam-sized turtle who was found dead with 104 pieces of plastic clogging his intestine. The baby loggerhead sea turtle was found in Boca Raton, Florida.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center released the image with a heartbreaking caption in a Facebook post. The pictures soon went viral and rang the alarm among the condition of aquatic creatures.
“Not such a happy #TurtleTuesday this week. It’s a washback season at Gumbo Limbo and weak, tiny turtles are washing up along the coastline needing our help. Unfortunately, not every washback survives. 100% 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”, they captioned the image.
According to several research and reports, every sea animal in the oceans have pieces of plastic in them. It’s high time for us human to stop spoiling the planet Earth. Knowingly or unknowingly we are spoiling the planet not only for us but for every creature alive.