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A seal conservation group posted a heartbreaking photo of what litter can do to wildlife


Think littering is a harmless act?

The St. Mary's Seal Watch, a group that looks out for seals on St. Mary's Island, Whitley Bay in the U.K., posted a photo to their Facebook page on March 5 showing a dead seal that was constricted within a polyester strap. 

"This animal did not die of natural causes it was killed by marine litter. Plastic strapping of any size whether this or that found on cans is lethal to wildlife. Always cut it and dispose of it safely," read the post.

Here's the original Facebook post. 

The watch regularly features in social media posts.

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