This is the moment a turtle is rescued from a fishing net at a popular tourist spot off a Spanish beach in Murcia.
The incident occurred when a local resident spotted the turtle caught in the net as they were sailing off the coast of Aguilas, a popular tourist spot in the southeastern Spanish region of Murcia, and called the Spanish Civil Guard.
Officers from the Civil Guard’s Special Group of Underwater Activities went to the scene in a boat and in the clip, the officers can be seen leaning off the vessel to help the turtle.
The animal is stuck in the fishing net and unable to move, with the officers spending over two minutes to release it from the net.
The turtle, the species of which has not been reported, was reportedly in a good condition and so the officers allowed it to swim away after releasing it.
The video shared by Spanish Civil Guard was widely commented on by netizens, such as ‘PeterFalcon9’ who said: “Human beings are the worst species on Earth, we destroy, burn, and will be the end of everything. We have no solution,”
‘MarGar38131490’ added: “It’s a shame, we cannot keep destroying everything.”
Local media reported that the Spanish Civil Guard investigated more than 4,000 crimes against the environment in 2019, according to a report from the Service for the Protection of Nature, with reports on animal abuse seeing an increase from the previous year.