They See Trash Floating In The Water Imprisoning A Turtle Within


WWF-Pakistan trained fishermen go above and beyond to save an animal in need. What originally looked to be just trash ended up being a prison for the turtle trapped within. You’ll want to see this heartwarming rescue, trust me.

“In a recent incident a tuna fishing boat operating about 180 nautical miles from Karachi, spotted a floating polypropylene (PP) woven bag which was possibly debris by another merchant ship. Amir Rahim, a WWF-trained observer, decided to retrieve the bag and to his utter surprise, found an Olive ridley turtle fully entangled in it. The crew tried to release the turtle in the waters but since it was fully entangled, they brought the animal onboard and carefully cut it free, after which it was released properly in the sea.”

Olive ridley turtle rescued by WWF-Pakistan trained fisherman

Uncontrolled dumping of plastic waste in the terrestrial and marine environment has become a serious threat to animals and plants inhabiting the coastal and offshore waters of Pakistan. An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash, much of it plastic is dumped in the world’s oceans every year. Plastic bags, bottles, toys, packaging material, if not disposed of correctly, can reach the sea. According to estimates about 8,000 tons of solid waste mainly consisting of plastic is unaccounted for in Karachi; most of it ending up in the sea around the city.In a recent incident a tuna fishing boat operating about 180 nautical miles from Karachi, spotted a floating polypropylene (PP) woven bag which was possibly debris by another merchant ship. Amir Rahim, a WWF-trained observer, decided to retrieve the bag and to his utter surprise, found an Olive ridley turtle fully entangled in it. The crew tried to release the turtle in the waters but since it was fully entangled, they brought the animal onboard and carefully cut it free, after which it was released properly in the sea.

Posted by WWF-Pakistan on Saturday, April 23, 2016




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