Our volunteers arrived Thursday, and they’ve been keeping us busy every day!! Our volunteers are: Bret, Seiji, Mike, and Crystal. Crystal and Mike are from southern California, and Bret and Seiji live in New England.
This group is very pro-active about marine debris and entangled endangered species. In 3 days, they’ve already rescued a sea turtle entangled in a net and removed a couple small and one very large net conglomeration from the reef that might entangle monk seals and other organisms!
Yesterday, while Anne and I were checking spat collectors at our Hook site (western backreef), our volunteers Mike and Crystal and Thai herbicide technician Bob (AKA Kittipong) found a green turtle tangled in a net. Anne came to help and cut the turtle free while Bob and Mike held the turtle still. Crystal played photographer and took some amazing photos of the sequence of events. For more photos of the events, check out our 2010 photo collection on Google’s Picasa: http://picasaweb.google.com/MidwayCoralReef/201002.
The turtle was overgrown with algae and bleeding where the net cut into his “shoulder”, so we think it had been entangled for a while. It was very lucky that it was shallow enough that it could reach the surface to breathe. All involved were very happy to watch the turtle swim away happily afterwards.