Baby sea turtle found dead in South Florida had 104 pieces of plastic in its body

The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton shared a photo of a dead baby sea turtle next to the pieces of plastic that were found inside its body. The turtle washed ashore in Boca Raton. (Gumbo Limbo Nature Center / Courtesy)

Dozens of tiny pieces of plastic dot the counter top next to the dead baby sea turtle.

The 104 remnants, which range from a wrapper to a twist tie used in trash bags, were found inside a baby sea turtle that washed ashore in Boca Raton this week.

”We found a piece of a balloon. There was a wrapper that goes on the outside of bottles,” said Whitney Crowder, a sea turtle rehabilitation coordinator at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca.

After the center shared a photo of the turtle next to the bits of plastic on Facebook, the image went viral, having been shared more than 3,100 times.

News Source: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-ne-baby-sea-turtle-dead-plastic-inside-stomach-20191004-puncgag25rf4tehj7xd4javt7q-story.html

This is why we need to keep plastic out of the oceans and upcycle/recycle and reuse everything, in order to keep the carbon footprint prints low and or nonexistent. Not to mention it will keep plastic from hurting our animal life.

Stop the extinction of sea turtles

Petition By: Trieu Nguyen

Sea turtles from all around the world are becoming critically endangered due to pollution, global warming and poachers hunting them for their eggs, shells and leather. My goal for this campaign is to educate the community in why we should help save the sea turtle and stop poaching. It is important the we save sea turtle because they have an important role in our marine eco system, the ocean cycle and food chain will become unbalance without sea turtles causing other species such as Jelly fish to overpopulated and sae grass to die.

Nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as endangered, to this day six out of seven species of sea turtle are becoming critically endangered from all around the world. Human activities have tipped the scales against the survival of these ancient marine animals, slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells. They also face habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing gear, climate change also has a massive impact on turtle. Climate change alters sand temperatures which then affects the sex of hatching. Sea turtle habitats are degraded and destroyed by coastal development, this include both shoreline and seafloor alterations, such as nesting beach degrading, seafloor dredging, vessel traffic, construction and alteration of vegetation.

Sea turtles are an important part of the Eco system, and they are rapidly dying that why change is needed to save these ancient creatures. These turtles are dying due to pollution in our waters and poachers hunting them for food and to make products. Without sea turtles, other marine species will become overpopulated and sea grass will die off causing fishes that depend on them will die off. These are the reason why we need to start doing something to save the turtles.

Sea turtles are suffering from pollution that we carelessly throwing in our ocean all over the world. They are vulnerable to pollution at all stages in life, from eggs to catchings to juveniles to adult life. The pollutants that we throw in the waters include plastic, toxic metals, pcb’s, petroleum products, agricultural and industrial runoff. Pollution chemical may cause immediate harm to sea turtles through direct contact or can build up in tissues over time and lead to immunosuppression resulting in disease and death. Sea turtles suffer from all this pollutions and we are doing nothing about it, we’re only making it worse by illegally hunting them for their eggs, meat, leather and shells.

Poachers are a big problem all around the world, they are hunting sea turtles to extinction. Critically endangered sea turtles are being hunted for the eggs, meat, leather and shells. The population of the critically endangered sea turtle has declined more then 75% in the Pacific Ocean. The key threat to these endangered animals are poachers and illegal trades.

Sea turtles have a very important role in our ocean, they are essential to the Eco system. Turtles are important as scavengers, herbivores, carnivores and often contribute significant biomass to the ecosystems. They break down the energy of plant materials and convert them into protein. Green turtles feed on sea grasses and seaweeds that grow on the ocean floor. These sea grasses are home to other marine life such as seahorses and also serve as breeding ground for fishes. However, they must be kept short to remain healthy and this is where the turtles come in. If turtles were to ever go extinct, sea grasses would eventually die off and this would in turn affect the marine life and eventually human life as well.

In order for these horrific things to change, we must take action to stop poaching and reduce the pollution in the ocean. Action needs to be taken because sea turtle have a very important role in the marine life. Without sea turtle, fishes will also die which affects us in the future that why we must act, and I need your help with this campaign to make it possible.

Petition: https://www.causes.com/campaigns/922433-stop-the-extinction-of-sea-turtles/description