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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. 

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These Adorable Turtle Hatchlings Need Help - Here's How To Do Your Bit

Turtles are amazing animals. They can be traced back to the time of dinosaurs, they usually live around 70 years (tortoises reach around 150 or more years), and they're super cute. Sadly, as human development reaches the quietest of beaches, some turtle hatchlings are having trouble finding the ocean because of the confusing lights. But it's not all bad news! As well as being the problem (sorry turtles), we can also be the solution. Keep on reading to learn how you can help your little flippered friends live to be wise old creatures. 

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Both our competitors this week have leathery bits. The bats have awesome leathery wings and sea turtles are leathery all over! But who is cuter?

Vote in the comments and don't forget to check back on Monday to see who won!