An award winning photo that shows a dead sea turtle wrapped in fishing line is the reminder we all need to work to remove plastic.

Shane Gross took the photo while diving in the Bahamas, in Eleuthera. The picture won the new category in the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition is conservation. According to Business Insider, Shane Gross said of the photo, “My dive buddy came to me in tears talking about a poor turtle that was already long dead, tangled in fishing line. She didn’t have time to remove the line, so she told me where it was and I went back. I didn’t want any scavengers to also become entangled. I took my camera because images like this can become warnings for the future. We don’t want any other turtles, or any creatures, to become doomed to the same unfortunate fate: drowned and wasted thanks to our negligence.”

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See the photos in this Youtube video:

Other photos in the conservation category included an anglerfish struggling against a net and a manta ray filtering plastic particles.

Plastic is becoming more prevalent in our ocean each day. Plastic waste is killing marine life all around the globe at an alarming rate, dead whales washed ashore with plastic in their stomachs have been found in Philippines, ThailandSpain and in more places that we can count! Not to mention, half of the baby sea turtle population dies from consuming plastic, this baby turtle was found dead after ingesting 104 pieces of plastic! Plastic is also found in various land animals as well, like deers and cows. 

Sign this petition to stop ghost fishing gear from killing hundreds of marine animals a year.

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There are products you may be using or habits you may have that contribute to plastic pollution. Learn more about how the use of Teabags, Cotton Swabs, Laundry, Contact Lenses, Glitter and Sheet Masks pollute our oceans so you can make more informed decisions going forward. There are also numerous simple actions and switches that can help cut plastic out of our lives including, making your own cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, household cleaners, using mason jars, reusable bags/bottles/straws, and avoiding microbeads! Read more about plastic pollution and how you can help:

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