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Old 18-07-2012, 12:50   #1
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Sea Turtle Rescue

So we came across a sea turtle wrapped up in some derelict fishing gear out in the wild blue yonder. I cut him free and wanted to share the video to show how cruisers actually are not just a bunch of free loaders but do good for the community on occasion. There was a little push back from conservation groups... their advice is have the "authorities" that know what they are doing save the day. The video may be seen at PacificSailors.com: Sea Turtle Rescue.

Just wondering what other sailors would likely do in a similar situation?




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Old 18-07-2012, 12:57   #2
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Re: Sea Turtle Rescue

Typical of today's thinking...LET THE AUTHORITIES TAKE CARE OF IT...

Total BS.

I'd do exactly as you did and take care of the little fellow.

good job
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Old 18-07-2012, 13:07   #3
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Then they are not true "conservation "groups, but posers.
You did the right thing.
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Typical of today's thinking...LET THE AUTHORITIES TAKE CARE OF IT...

Total BS.

I'd do exactly as you did and take care of the little fellow.

good job

+1 Well done.
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Re: Sea Turtle Rescue

Chef Mike, you did the right thing

I would do the same. I would not leave an animal to suffer while I went to find some "authority".

Those conservation groups should hush up. They're just upset they didn't get the credit for the save.

I never could stand the notion of "let the authorities handle it." I say, if you see something broken, and you can fix it, just go ahead and fix the problem. Passing said problem along to the next person never gets anything done.

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Amen. That's 1000 good karma points.
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Re: Sea Turtle Rescue

Jolly Good Job. I hope we all would take the time to do the same.
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Great job chef.

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Re: Sea Turtle Rescue

Just wanted to update the original post. I have since been in contact with a sea turtle conservationist that has done a lot of great things here in Puerto Vallarta. He congratulated me and in his opinion I had done the right thing with the exception of having my foot a little to close to his mouth. They do bite hard!

Seems like we are all working toward the same goal of seeing the turtles abound. Some just have a little different opinion on how to go about things. Thank you all for the support.

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Re: Sea Turtle Rescue

+1 on a good deed!

This year we cruised from Guatemala to Bocas del Toro Panama. As we were making our approach into Bocas I spotted something odd in the water at the exact spot where a channel marker used to be. I assumed it must be an old derelict buoy, but as I got closer I realized it was two sea turtles mating!

Lots of mating grounds along the Panamanian coast and lots of conservation activity too.
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