Turtle dies in Florida after eating 104 pieces of plastic

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Turtle dies in Florida after eating 104 pieces of plastic

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REPORTER: COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY SO MANY SEA TURTLES HAVE NESTED THIS YEAR, THEY’RE CONTINUALLY RUNNING OUT OF SUPPLIES TO MARK THE NESTS THE SIGNS STAKES A — THE SISIGNS, THE NESTS, THE STAKES TO MAKE THEM. >> OUR LAST SEASON HIGH WAS IN 2012 WITH 919 NESTS AND WE’RE SURPASSED THAT. REPORTER: THAT WAS THE RECORD HIGH IN VOLUSIA COUNTY 919, BUT RECORDS ARE MADE TO BE SHATTERED AND WE’RE WELL OVER THAT NOW ADVOCATES ARE HOPING TO CRACK 1000 BEFORE THE SEASON ENDS EARLY VOLUSIA COUNTY’S SEA OCTOBER. TURTLE HABITAT CONSERVATION MANAGER SAYS THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT WAS ADOPTED 45 YEARS AGO AND CONSERVATION EFFORTS SINCE THEN ARE PAYING OF >> MULTIPLE GENERATIONS NOW ARE ABLE TO REACH SEXUAL MATURITY WHICH TAKES ABOUT 30 YEARS AND THEY’RE COMING BACK TO THEIR NATIVE BEACHES AND NESTING. REPORTER: WE OBTAINED IMAGES OF THE RARE LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE NESTING FROM CATHY THOMPSON, AND THE KEMPS-RIDLEY FROM MINDY WHITMORE. THERE ARE ALSO GREEN SEA TURTLE NESTS, BUT BY FAR, THE BULK OF THE NESTS OUR LOGGERHEADS. FEMALES COME ON SHORE AT NIGHT, TAKE SEVERAL HOURS TO DIG A DEEP HOLE AND LAY THEIR EGGS. >> THEY’LL PLACE ABOUT 100 EGGS IN EACH CLUTCH AND THEN THEY’LL HEAD BACK TO THE OCEAN. THEY WILL DO THAT UP TO SEVEN TIMES IN ONE SEASON. REPORTER: KATE SCHAFFER SHARED THIS PICTURE OF A NEWLY HATCHED LOGGERHEAD POKING ITS HEAD OUT AND FROM SAMI MCCORKLE, A NUMBER OF THE BABIES HEADING FOR THE OCEAN TO GROW AND HOPEFULLY RETURN. EDUCATION CAMPAIGNS TO STAY CLEAR OF SEA TURTLE NESTS, KEEP BEACHE CLEAN AND AT NIGHT DA BY SHIELDING LIGHTS, HAVE GONE A LONG WAY TOWARD MAKING THIS BEACH A TURTLE POWER ZONE. EVEN SINCE THEY GOT THE LATEST 922 NEST COUNT FRIDAY, THE NUMBERS HAVE GONE UP YET AGAIN, ABOUT 930 RIGHT NOW. IN DAYTO

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Turtle dies in Florida after eating 104 pieces of plastic

A turtle died after eating 104 pieces of plastic, said the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton.Related video above: Record-breaking number of sea turtles nesting in Volusia CountyGumbo Limo said it’s “washback season,” which means that weak, tiny turtles are washing up along the coastline.Unfortunately, not every washback survives. Gumbo Limbo said that 100% of the washbacks that didn’t survive had plastic in their intestinal tracks.Gumbo Limbo went on to say that people need to do their part to keep the ocean free of plastic.

A turtle died after eating 104 pieces of plastic, said the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton.

Related video above: Record-breaking number of sea turtles nesting in Volusia County

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Gumbo Limo said it’s “washback season,” which means that weak, tiny turtles are washing up along the coastline.

Unfortunately, not every washback survives. Gumbo Limbo said that 100% of the washbacks that didn’t survive had plastic in their intestinal tracks.

Gumbo Limbo went on to say that people need to do their part to keep the ocean free of plastic.

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