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June 10, 2018

Sad Underwater Encounter

BY: Enrique Talledo


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The days pass between the ROV’s deep trips to the seabed and documentation in shallower waters. The shocking scene of yesterday’s trip is still on my mind and will be something I’ll never forget. We started the first dive of the day when, at about 20 meters deep, we came across a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) hooked to the seabed by a fishing hook.

Sea turtles are in danger of extinction. Among the main threats are accidental catches, marine pollution, changes to their spawning habitats, climate change, egg collection and maritime traffic.

Preserving the centuries-old environmental balance of the oceans is in our hands.