Almost all types of sea turtles are now in danger of extinction as many countries consent to marine turtle fishing. They are sold in local markets and slain for their meat, skin, eggs, and shells. Apparently, many people have a taste for turtle meat and eggs while others use them for medicine and religious rites.
A pair of sea turtles on sale in a Papua New Guinea food market had a lucky escape back to their watery home thanks to the animal-loving efforts of Arron Culling and co-worker Mark.
Arron and Mark bought both turtles and drove them up to the beach to release them back into the ocean.
Arron wrote on Facebook, “Found these at a local market. Got them for 50 bucks, drove 5km up the road and let them go.”
And this isn’t the first time Arron has rescued turtles — he’s already bought and released 10 other turtles.
Many varieties of sea turtles are endangered because marine turtle fishing continues to be legal in many countries.
Fortunately, there are a few very exceptional people who exert their time, effort, and even money to fight for the safety and preservation of valuable yet endangered animals like sea turtles. Aaron Culling and Mark are surely one of them.
Thanks Arron, your amazing work wins you this week’s Animal-Savior-And-Good-Guy award!