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After causing irreparable damage to our planet, the obsession with plastic is now becoming a curse for the various kind of land and sea animals that exist on Earth.
A baby loggerhead sea turtle, found in Boca Raton, Florida, was declared dead shortly after making it to the surface.
Emili Mirowski, a sea turtle rehabilitation assistant at The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center examined the baby turtle and told CNN:
It was weak and emaciated. I could just tell it wasn’t doing well. It was really heartbreaking. But it’s something we’ve seen for several years and we’re just glad people are finally seeing this image and hopefully it’s raising awareness.
Apparently, the number of similar cases here at this Nature Center have increased in the past due to the presence of plastic everywhere.
Explaining the core of the problem, Mirowski pointed out the harmful effects of discarding plastic in the oceans. She said:
The issue is that with all the plastic in the oceans, that’s where the plastic sticks. All the microplastics stick to the seaweed, and it looks like food to the baby turtles.
To ensure such cases reduce in the near future, humans have to be careful about disposing and using plastic and merely recycling won’t help, claimed the volunteers.