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Man Rescues Turtles From Markets And Returns Them To The Sea

Lucky day for these turtles!

One day last December, a fellow named Arron Culling found himself at the store in Papua New Guinea, and discovered there were some very large turtles for sale.

The turtles were clearly out of their preferred habitat and were destined to be sold and eaten. So what did he do? Culling and his friend Mark Machen bought them and returned them to the sea.

On the website Stuff, he commented:

There is a local market a couple of [kilometers] from where we are staying and we drive past there coming home from work every day. In the late afternoon about 4pm the fishermen come to the market to sell what they’ve caught that day and every now and then we see a turtle. On the day I took the photo we saw three there and Mark went up to the sellers and got the price down. We took them to the beach and set them free. It’s better than leaving them there to get eaten. People eat them here, it’s a customary food. If they’re not sold they just go back to a village and get eaten anyway.

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Found in warm and temperate waters around the world, sea turtles are hardy souls—they’ve been around for millions of years, so they know a little something about survival. But when man decides to prey upon them, they need a little help. Lucky for these turtles, Culling was there to help. This isn’t the first time, either. He also says on his page that he and a friend have done this for “9 or 10” other turtles.

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As Rare reports, six of the world’s seven sea turtle species are classified as endangered or vulnerable, but “marine turtle fishing is legal in many parts of the world, including Papua New Guinea, Australia and Mexico.”

Alright big guy, here we go

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Allllmost there

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Freedom!

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While this story may have occurred some months back, a thoughtful act is always in season, whether you are passionate about rescuing turtles or otherwise.

Just like humans, sea turtles come in all shapes and sizes. The Sea Turtle Conservancy site says “The olive ridley is usually less than 100 pounds, while the leatherback typically ranges from 650 to 1,300 pounds!” Learn more about these graceful and (in my opinion) totally underrated creatures here with this educational video: