Sea Turtle Freed From Fishing Net Off Spanish Coast

This is the moment the Red Cross free a sea turtle caught in a homemade net off the coast of Spain.

The incident occurred in the sea near the town of Mazarron, in the southeastern Spanish region of Murcia after a kayaker named in reports only by his first name Raul spotted the turtle in the water.

Video Credit: CEN/@CruzRojaMurcia

The kayaker reportedly saw the turtle struggling as it had become caught in what appeared to be a homemade net buoyed up with bottles.

He called the Marine Rescue Service who in turn alerted the Red Cross in Mazarron and a boat was sent out to rescue the turtle.

Credit: CEN/@CruzRojaMurcia
Removing the fish tools from the mouth

In the video, the red cross workers can be seen working to free the turtle from the net as they lean out of the boat.

One of the rescuers jumps into the water to free the turtle and they can then be seen dousing it in water as they take it back to the shore.

Local media report a vet from the Centre of Recovery of Wild Fauna in the region of Murcia ordered the rescuers to take the animal to Mazarron port in order to be checked there. 

The turtle, the exact species of which has not been reported, was treated for injuries because the net had become stuck around its mouth, flippers and neck.

It is unclear if the turtle has now been released back into the wild or if it still receiving medical attention.


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