Out Of Nowhere He Risks His Life To Jump In The Ocean. Then We Spot What He Sees Inside This Bag…

We all hear stories about how pollution of our waters is endangering our planet and its wildlife.

In this video, you can see with your own eyes how innocent creatures, like this olive ridley turtle, are affected by human acts of littering and pollution. It has touched a lot of people. This eye-opening video received over 383,000 views in under two days.
Posted on the World Wildlife Fund’s YouTube channel: A WWF-­Pakistan trained observer, Amir Rahim, successfully released an entangled olive ridley turtle about 180 nautical miles from Karachi in the Arabian sea. According to Amir Rahim he has seen many turtles entangled in fishing nets but this was the first time he saw a turtle trapped in a polypropylene (PP) bag.
When Rahim first spotted the trapped turtle, he wasn’t sure what he was seeing. As his boat approached, he could see that the turtle was caught in a plastic bag. He jumped (fully clothed!) into the water to rescue the turtle and brought it onboard to help cut it free from the bag. The video shows what a difficult task it is to remove the plastic netting from the turtle’s body.
It also shows how joyful the turtle is to be free of the plastic netting, as it flips its feet and anticipates being released back into the ocean, where it will once again be able to swim with its own species. These turtles are solitary, preferring the open ocean. They migrate hundreds or even thousands of miles every year, and come together as a group only once a year for the arribada, when females return to the beaches where they hatched and lumber onshore, sometimes in the thousands, to nest.
So what is the significance of Mr. Rahim’s rescue of this particular turtle? Though the olive ridley is widely considered the most abundant of the marine turtles, by all estimates, it is in trouble. Rough estimates put the worldwide population of nesting females at about 800,000, but its numbers, particularly in the western Atlantic, have declined precipitously. The United States lists the western Atlantic population of olive ridleys as endangered and all other populations as threatened.
According to Wikipedia: The olive ridley is classified as Vulnerable according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources(IUCN), and is listed in Appendix I of CITES. These listings were largely responsible for halting the large scale commercial exploitation and trade of olive ridley skins. The Convention on Migratory Species and the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles have also provided olive ridleys with protection, leading to increased conservation and management for this marine turtle. National listings for this species range from Endangered to Threatened, yet enforcing these sanctions on a global scale has been unsuccessful for the most part. Conservation successes for the olive ridley have relied on well-coordinated national programs in combination with local communities and nongovernment organizations, which focused primarily on public outreach and education.
What do you think of this video? Does it make you think twice about your use of plastic, or the harm it can have on our planet? Share your thoughts and insights below.
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