Arron Culling saw two turtles being sold for food in a wet market and decided to take action.
Arron Culling of New Zealand did something truly remarkable for two lucky sea turtles. He spotted the pair at a local food market in Papua New Guinea, threw down $50 (about US $33), put them in his truck and released them back into the wild.
“Found these at the local market, got them for 50 bucks, drove 5 km up the road and let them go,” he wrote on Facebook.
He bought these turtles, put them in the back of his truck, drove 5km to a safer place, and released the turtles to their natural habitat.
This prompted Culling to continue supporting the turtles. He bought and released all the turtles he could afford.
According to his Facebook page, this is the 9/10th time he and his friends have done so.
The turtle-loving New Zealander took this one further and began building a foundation to help the turtles of Papua New Guinea.
How to protect sea turtles?
The good news is that changes in human behavior could make a significant difference for turtles.
Light is significant to the life cycle of newly hatched turtles. The babies use moonlight and starlight to get to the relative safety of the ocean.
If you’re on the beach during nesting or hatching season, do everything in your power to eliminate human light at night. This includes campfires, phones, and hotel room lights.
If you come across a mother turtle, do your best not disturb her. If she feels scared, she can return to the sea without laying eggs.
The U.S Fishers and Wildlife also advises you not to disturb the marine ecosystem when you visit. It recommends not leaving any beach furniture around, removing all the litter you create, and protecting the vegetation that grows on the beach.
Reducing your plastic footprint is another important step one could take to help turtles. Especially helium balloons when we are outdoors, straws, and other plastic garbage when having a picnic on the beach.
Watch: A newborn sea turtle’s magical journey as it becomes an adult, and how humans have made it more difficult:
See: How to protect sea turtles:
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