A group of freedivers saved the lives of five vulnerable Olive Ridley sea turtles entangled in a huge net floating across the ocean earlier this year. The heart-warming images and video footage show the group spot the turtles floating in the distance before pulling up alongside them in their boat.
Freedivers rescue trapped sea turtles at Embudu Reef in the Maldives. Image by mediadrumworld.com
The video goes on to show the group struggle to free the turtles by cutting through the net with knives and releasing the grateful turtles back into the water. The uplifting pictures and video show members of ApneaMaldives freediving and fishing brand attempt to save the stricken turtles in Male, Maldives, Embudu Reef. “We were on a trip to a nearby island when one of the people on board showed me this huge thing floating far away on the ocean,” said freediver Ahmed Shammoon.
Ahmed noticed something moving in the water and went to check on it and to his surprise, he discovered four adult and two juvenile turtles caught in a fishing net. “I believe someone threw this into the ocean,” said Ahmed. “We were able to rescue five of them but one juvenile was dead long before we could help him.”
Divers come to the aid of sea turtles trapped in a net in the Maldives. Image by: mediadrumworld.com
ApneaMaldives hope their video can increase awareness around the problems of disposing rubbish into the ocean. “Now the world’s oceans are filling with waste and plastics, everyone is talking about it,” said Ahmed. “These beautiful, hungry creatures go near the rubbish in the hope of food but instead, they get strangled and die.”
Ahmed hopes this kind of thing doesn’t put tourists off visiting the Maldives and thinks everyone should be doing their bit to keep the ocean clean. “Maldives is highly focused on tourism and people are aware of the consequences of these kinds of acts. The Maldives is the paradise on earth that millions of people visit and pay to see. Let’s keep it that way, take care of our ocean.”
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