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This is an incredible video where Pall Sigurdsson, and others, spent an entire dive (and most of their air supply) saving an octopus who decided to make a home within a plastic cup, which was bound to result in a cruel fate. 

Thankfully, their dive wasn't a waste as they were able to find a suitable and saver living situation for the little octopus! 

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Baby Turtle Dies Due To 104 Pieces Of Plastic Being Found In Its Stomach

Humans are destroying sea life with our insane usage of plastic and it shows. And sometimes it shows in devastating ways, such as this baby turtle.

On the shore of Boca Raton, Florida, a baby turtle washed up. "It was weak and emaciated. I could just tell it wasn't doing well," Emily Mirowski, Emily Mirowski, a sea turtle rehabilitation assistant at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, told CNN. The baby turtle did not die of natural causes, it died because this turtle had an astonishing amount of plastic in it's belly -- 104 pieces of plastic, to be exact. 

The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center shared the heartbreaking photo of the deceased baby turtle along with all the bits and pieces of plastic that were found inside. 

"It was really heartbreaking," Mirowski said. "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."

If this image doesn't make you take a second look at your plastic usage, we don't know what will. 

Story vIa CNN

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Why Sea Turtles Have Such A Problem With Plastic Bags In the Ocean

They have a problem with the plastic because of their anti-barfing spikes. Settle in, folks! Here is a short and helpful explanation on the unique structure of a sea turtles esophagus:

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It's World Turtle Day And Fans Are Taking Over Twitter

Fans of turtles all over the world are celebrating World Turtle Day! And what better way than to also grab and highlight the increasing importance of not only raising awareness and understanding of the turtle species but also about reducing plastic waste in order for them to survive and strive! 

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National Geographic With Heartbreaking Photos Of How Using Plastic Ruins Our World And Hurts Animals

Humans are using far too much plastic and most of us don't realize what kind of problems it is causing for the animals that live there or how it affects the entire planet. The June 2018 cover of National Geographic magazine is helping make people more aware of the problem. It talks about how much trash people on this planet produce each year and even each day and how that trash is changing our world and the animal kingdom- animals are eating plastic and getting caught up in it. Shocking images fill up the pages. Birds are wrapped in plastic bags, turtles are caught in plastic fishing nets, and fish are eating small pieces of plastic that break free from the floating masses of trash that float around in the oceans. The photos are shameful and devastating.  

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The Secret Life of Plastic Toy Animals

The excellent series "Wild Life" by photographer Jeff Friesen, who enjoys staging his Kid's toys in colorful miniature sets, which are accompanied by a little story...You can find his decorative prints on Etsy.  

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