He Rescued A Turtle Caught In Netting. When They Release Her, They Never Expected THIS To Happen!Ashley Maisano
A local fisherman in Watamu, Kenya, was out on his boat when he came across a hawksbill turtle in distress. A fishing line was tangled around her neck and front flippers, cutting of her circulation. She had trouble staying above water, and it was nearly impossible for her to swim around. The line could have been tangled around her for hours, or even days, and there was no way she would be able to escape it on her own. The fisherman pulled the turtle into his boat and brought her to shore. He called Local Ocean Trust – Watamu Turtle Watch, a group that rescues and rehabilitates sea turtles on the Kenyan coast.
“The fishing net would have killed her if she was left alone for much longer,” Casper Van De Geer, manager at Local Ocean Trust, told The Dodo. “You could see the swelling in her neck where the circulation had been cut off, and the groove on her flippers where the net had dug into her. She was also quite skinny, and it was clear she’d been unable to swim or dive properly.”
They named the turtle Sasha and took her back to their rehab center to treat her wounds. She did a great job swimming around in her tank at the center, and was happy to be free from that big heavy net. 22 days later, they decided to release her back into the ocean along the Watamu Marine National Park. They wore masks and snorkels under water so they could watch her in her release.
Thankfully they watched her, because they noticed that she had trouble swimming. She kept floating to the surface, which indicated that she had a problem with her buoyancy. Usually, it would be difficult to catch a turtle once it’s released, but surprisingly, Sasha swam right back to them! “It was almost like she didn’t want to say goodbye,” Van De Geer said. “Perhaps she knew she still needed help.”
They took her back to the rehab center so she’d have more time to recuperate, and a week later, they tried releasing her again. This time, they released her inside a marine national park, where fishing is not allowed. Sasha swam away without a problem this time! Hawksbill turtles are critically endangered, so every one that is saved is one step closer to saving the species. Watch Sasha’s release below: