A rescued sea turtle in Boca Raton has been in recovery after passing 100 pieces of plastic in her stool. The turtle was in the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for hook removal surgery.

Zatanna, the turtle, began passing significant amounts of plastic debris in her stool. Scientists found bottle caps, zip-lock bag pieces and pieces of plastic spoons and forks.

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In a post on Instagram, the center shared photos of the plastic. The caption was a warning against plastic pollution. It read, “You can’t always judge a book by its cover! This turtle was recovering from a simple hook removal surgery when it began passing large pieces of plastic debris. Over the course of a week, Zatanna passed over 100 pieces of plastic in her stool. These objects included bottle caps, pieces of cutlery, garbage & zip-lock bags, and large plastic shards. This turtle was likely foraging in open water where floating mats of trash are sadly becoming the norm. We must take a stand by refusing single-use plastics!”

See the Instagram post below:

You can donate to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center here. Read more One Green Planet news about plastic and marine life, including Birds Living on an Island 2,000 Miles From People Are Dying From Our Plastic Pollution (VIDEO), Baby Sea Turtle Found Dead After Eating Plastic and Sea Gull Population Greatly Affected Due to Ingesting Plastic Rubber Bands Mistaken for Worms.

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!

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