Tuesday 24 September, 2019

Watch: Leatherback turtle freed from fishing boat in Tobago

One leatherback turtle which was entangled with a fishing boat was given a new lease on freedom from a Tobago-based conservation group.

A video shared by the Environmental Research Institute Centre (ERIC) on Friday June 8 showed the endangered turtle trapped by fishing line next to a boat in Charlotteville, Tobago.

Thankfully, the group came to the rescue, severing the line and allowing the leatherback to swim freely. 

"Thanks to the keen eyes and quick communication from students of Cardiff University, we were able to release a relatively small Leatherback turtle caught on a fishing boat's mooring buoy."

"Thankfully she sustained no major damage. What a way to welcome our new Dive Operations Manager, Liam McGee and observe World Oceans Day! We take this time to also acknowledge our outgoing Dive Operations Manager Neil Cook for his work at ERIC and wish him all the best in his future endeavours! Thank you Neil! #worldoceansday #leatherbackturtle #Tobago #oceanoptimism."

See the video footage below:

Mature-based turtle conservation organisation, Nature Seekers, said they have noted a 4.5 percent decline in the numbers of leatherback turtles visiting Matura beach in recent years, and attributed this to the problem of fishing nets which entangle turtles as they make their way ashore to nest. 

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