Cringe-worthy amount of trash collected from Boca’s shores put on display

Volunteers collect trash from Boca Raton’s mangroves as part of a cleanup effort coordinated by Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. (Contributed)

BOCA RATON — An adorably colorful sea turtle sculpture sits on display at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton.

But upon closer inspection, you’ll notice the turtle is made from trash — all collected from the city’s shorelines and mangroves.

A sea turtle sculpture was created from trash collected from Boca Raton’s beaches and placed on display at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. (Contributed)

Gumbo Limbo, at 1801 N Ocean Blvd, coordinated a cleanup effort along Boca Raton’s beaches and mangroves this past weekend in honor of World Oceans Day on June 8. So much trash was collected, the center said on Facebook, that the nature center created displays out of the garbage, including the “trash turtle.”

During the coastal cleanup, plastic bottles, balloons and other materials were collected.

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The center, which focuses its efforts on coastal education and sea turtle rehabilitation, said the trash affects sea turtle nesting during season. There are 292 loggerhead, 12 green, and 5 leatherback turtle nests currently along Boca Raton’s 5-mile coastline, Gumbo Limbo said.

Over the weekend, the nature center coordinated several events and exhibits to raise awareness about the importance of keeping the coastlines clean.

One exhibit included the dumping of 70 pounds of plastic bottles into Gumbo Limbo’s mangrove aquariums.