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Canadian photographer Shane Gross posted on his Instagram account the photograph that earned him the ‘Conservation’ award and hopes to raise awareness about plastic pollution.
Photojournalist Shane Gross shared a heartbreaking image to raise awareness about plastic pollution and how dangerous it can be when an object falls into the seas. Just that same photograph made him the winner of the ‘Conservation’ award in the 2019 call of the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition and the story behind moved everyone on Instagram.
What may seem harmless to the human eye, such as a plastic bag or net, can be dangerous enough to end a marine life. Canadian photographer Shane Gross posted on his Instagram account the photograph that earned him the ‘Conservation’ award. The shocking image shows a decomposed sea turtle, after a fishing cable gets stuck around its throat.
Shane said that a group of divers told him that they had seen the body of the turtle off the coast of Eleuthera, in the Bahamas. “When people who found what she told me, I knew I had to get close to the place and remove the fishing line to not cause more victims”, explains Gross in his CCOUNT of Instagram.
“In all likelihood, the green turtle became entangled and could not reach the surface to breathe and not drown. I felt terrible to imagine what kind of suffering this turtle should have gone through, ” added the 34-year-old journalist.
The lifeless body of the animal belongs to an adult green turtle specimen ( Chelonia mydas ) and it is likely that his death was caused by the hook and fishing line that he still held in his mouth when the photographer captured the grim instantaneous.
An endangered species
The green turtle, a name that arises due to the color of its fat and not that of its shell, is an endangered species identified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora Silvestres, so that its exploitation is protected in most countries of the world.
The capture, damage or murder of this type of turtle is illegal in these places. In addition, some of the countries involved have created several laws focused on the protection of this species and also their nesting sites within their jurisdiction.
Despite official protection, the population of green turtles continues to be threatened due to certain human practices, such as stealing their eggs, hunting for their meat, destroying their nesting areas and marine pollution.
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GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING I’m sharing this image again as it recently won the conservation category of the Ocean Art Imaging Competition and has been shared many times by different media outlets and private citizens helping to bring attention to some major ocean issues. Ghost fishing and plastic pollution being two of them. A large percentage of the plastic pollution in our ocean is abandoned fishing gear. Although humans will gain no protein, fish, turtles, whales and other marine animals are being killed by these abandoned nets, fishing line and other gear – that is Ghost Fishing. There is still a remarkable amount of beauty in our ocean, but if we don’t also draw attention to these truths, it gets too easy to ignore what we are doing to that that beauty. Feel free to share as a reminder to help the ocean’s by reducing plastic use and certain seafood consumption. #seaturtle #greenturtle #bahamas #waste #ghostfishing #sad #plastic #plasticfreeoceans #conservation #biodiversity #extinction #empathy #gottolooovetheoceans
An identical case was seen last year, when the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Florida shared a photograph of a fully tangled turtle with multiple braided fishing lines. ” [The net] Wrapped around his neck, fins and tumors causing abrasions. He was having trouble swimming and finally ended up tied to a dock. ” Detailed publication on Instagram. Unfortunately, the turtle ended up being sacrificed due to the complexity of his case, the nets had caused serious injuries to his tumors.
Another touching case is that of a small dead turtle next to more than 100 pieces of plastic that were found inside its stomach.
“Unfortunately, not all baby turtles survive. 100 percent of those who did not had plastic in their intestinal tract. This turtle, which would fit in the palm of your hand, had eaten 104 pieces of plastic. This is a sad reminder that we should all do our part to keep our oceans free of plastic, ” said Gumbo Limbo in his social networks.
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Another not-so-happy #TurtleTuesday. And it’s not just plastics we see threatening our marine life.⠀ ⠀ This is Iron Man. She came in on October 10th completely entangled in multiple braided fishing lines. It wrapped around her neck, flippers, and tumors causing abrasions. She was having trouble swimming and eventually ended up tethered to a dock. Unfortunately, despite our dedicated efforts, she had to be euthanized due to her aggressive Fibropapillomatosis tumor load.⠀ ⠀ We see sea turtles like this more and more, and we do all we can to help. But this begins with YOU! While you #saynotoplastic, remember that disposing of all trash properly, including monofilament and other fishing materials, is a big help to our sea life!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #savetheturtles #saveourplanet #keepouroceansclean #oceanminded #gumbolimbo #naturecenter #lovebocaraton #pickupyourtrash #zerowaste #marineconservation
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