A Papua New Guinea man’s photos have gone viral after he shared the heartwarming story of his efforts to rescue sea turtles being sold for their meat. Arron Culling wrote on Facebook that he and a co-worker found two turtles for sale at a local food market, so he purchased them and released them on a beach about 5 km up the road.
The photos show Culling gently removing the turtles from the back of a truck, then placing the animals on the sand. While turtles aren’t the world’s most expressive creatures, it’s easy to imagine the sense of relief they must have felt seeing them make their way back into the ocean.
This isn’t the first time Culling and his friends have saved sea turtles from a gruesome fate — all told, they’ve rescued about 10 so far. According to WWF, there are seven different species of sea turtle in the world’s oceans, but poaching, climate change, accidental capture in fishing gear, and habitat destruction have left most of them seriously endangered.
Most of us don’t have the opportunity to help sea turtles directly the way Culling has, but you can help protect these vulnerable species by purchasing sustainable seafood, refusing to purchase products made with tortoiseshell, and supporting sea turtle conservation.
Via Bored Panda
Photos via Arron Culling