'Sad reminder': Tiny turtle washes ashore with 104 pieces of plastic in it

Written By: National Desk Staff
PHOTO SOURCE: City of Boca Raton, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

A tiny turtle that would fit in the palm of your hand was found with more than 100 pieces of plastic in it.

The creature was found during a time when the animals wash along the shoreline, according to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, an environmental center focused on education, research and conservation.

"This is a sad reminder that we all need to do our part to keep our oceans plastic-free," center officials said.

The turtle had eaten the plastic, according to the center.

"It's washback season at Gumbo Limbo, so weak and tiny turtles wash up along the coastline needing our help," center officials also said. "Unfortunately, not every washback survives. 100% of our washbacks that didn't make it had plastic in their intestinal tracts."

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