Human rubbish endangering Maldivian sea life
When on a trip in Lhaviyani atoll, the Carpe Vita dive team noticed a net with a lot of rubbish floating on the surface. Upon closer inspection they discovered 4 green turtles trapped in the netting and some small fish. Unfortunately for 1 of the turtles the rescue came too late as he had already perished. They must have been trapped for a while as of the other 3, 2 turtles had one or two severed back legs possibly as a cause of their struggle to get free.
Once again it shows what damage and distress a net left behind can cause to the environment. Luckily however the Carpe Vita liveaboard was there to rescue at least some of the turtles. Sample of the netting will be given to the government to determine where this net came from.
Below a video of the rescue from 20th April 2015. Good luck to the turtles and may they thrive in healthy waters!’’
Apart from these memorable rescues, we keep on removing fish hooks, fishing lines, plastic bottles, plastic bags, cans and other trash on dive sites and we hope that others will follow suit. Join us on one of our dive trips year round with our amazing crew on both boats, the Carpe Diem and the Carpe Vita and in future are newest edition the Carpe Novo.
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