Heartwarming: Kind fishing man help to remove barnacles from poor baby sea turtles in Spain
In the vast expanse of the world’s oceans, among the gentle waves and hidden treasures, live majestic creatures known as sea turtles. These magnificent creatures have roamed the seas for millions of years, but they face numerous challenges in their struggle for survival. One of these challenges is the presence of barnacles, tiny crustaceans that attach themselves to the turtles’ shells, hindering their movements and potentially causing harm. However, a heartwarming phenomenon has emerged in recent years: the spontaneous rescue and barnacle removal by caring individuals and organizations.
Sea turtles, with their unique life cycle, spend a significant portion of their lives in the open ocean. During their journey, these ancient mariners come into contact with various marine organisms, including barnacles. Barnacles are small, hard-shelled creatures that attach themselves to hard surfaces such as rocks, piers, and, unfortunately, the shells of sea turtles. These parasitic organisms can quickly multiply and cover large areas of a turtle’s shell, which can impede the turtle’s ability to swim and increase its vulnerability to predators.
One such encounter occurred in 2015 when a fisherman named Stefan Savides stumbled upon a stranded loggerhead sea turtle on a beach in South Africa. The turtle’s shell was encrusted with an astonishing number of barnacles, which had grown unchecked over time. Savides couldn’t bear to leave the turtle in such a state and took it upon himself to remove the barnacles one by one. He worked meticulously, ensuring he didn’t harm the turtle while freeing it from its unwanted passengers. The video of his rescue quickly went viral, capturing the hearts of millions and shedding light on the plight of these ancient reptiles.