Sea turtles are commonly pulled from the ocean with the intention of being sold as food. These two sea turtles from Papua New Guinea were being taken from the ocean and were headed for a local food market, until one kindhearted man decided to intervene on their behalf. Their death was all but certain, until he came along.
Arron Culling and one of his coworkers were able to purchase for the low, low price of 40 US dollars. After the turtles were successfully saved, Culling and his buddy took pictures for their social media accounts.
Culling informed his Facebook friends that he had purchased the sea turtles, drove them 5 kilometers up the road and released them back into the wild. This isn’t the first time that the men have intervened on behalf of sea turtles that were facing the chopping block, either. Culling says that he and his friend have purchased at least ten sea turtles and set them free.
Out of the seven sea turtle species that currently exist on Earth, six of them are endangered. Unfortunately, this does not stop people from trying to remove them from their natural habitat and use them for their own selfish ends.
Even worse, marine sea turtle fishing has yet to be outlawed in most regions of the world. The practice remains popular in Papua New Guinea, as well as Japan and Mexico.
Coastal communities often rely on sea turtles to provide them with valuable meat, as well as their shells. According to recent estimates, more than 40,000 sea turtles are killed each year and there is no end in sight. The practice will continue to be legal and there is untold collateral damage being done to the sea turtle community.
In addition to the sea turtles that are removed from oceans and sold as food, hundreds of thousands of sea turtles die each year because of the effect that commercial fishermen have on their habitat. These fishermen do not mean to cause harm to the sea turtles. However, they end up getting caught in their nets during their efforts to catch other creatures of the sea.
If you would like to take the time to learn more about how to keep these majestic animals protected from fishermen, then visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy website. These animals deserve a much better fate than what they are currently being forced to experience.