Fishermen: Don't Litter your Line!
Lars Skroder, Turtle Saver, was in the right place, at the right time, to save this turtle from littered fishing line. Read his story of the rescue:
"Here is the Green Sea Turtle that myself, Lars, and my Caymanian friend Kevin saved out in the North Sound of Grand Cayman back in the late 90's.
We were out in my friends small boat for a trip out to Sting Ray City. On the way back I noticed something popping up next to one of the bouys on our way back in. As we got closer we noticed that it was a turtle head popping up for air every 30 seconds or so.
I put on a snorkel, mask and flippers and swam over to the turtle & bouy. Sure enough the poor turtle was tangled in discarded fishing line that had collected on the anchor rope of the bouy.
At first the turtle was nervous, but realized I wanted to help so he/she stayed calm as I cut the fishing from its flipper. My friend Kevin used all his strength to lift the turtle from its shell as I pushed from below, kicking my flippers as hard as I could to get him/her in the boat. We took the turtle in as it's flipper had almost been completely severed by the fishing line it was tangled in.
A man from the environmental protection department came out to meet us and take the lucky Green Sea Turtle to the Turtle Farm where he/she was rehabbed back to health. Although I believe the turtle can only swim in circles now.
So, to all Fishermen, don't litter your line!"