Reading Time: < 1 minute The turtle had ingested huge amounts of plastic (Photo: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center)
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A tiny turtle has been found dead with a staggering 104 pieces of plastic in his stomach.

The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida, shared the sad image of the washback turtle surrounded by the bits of plastic on social media.

‘A sad reminder’

The picture was accompanied by a caption saying: “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.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.