One of the harsh realities of today is that many of the products humans use, while convenient and inexpensive, can cause lasting damage to the environment and the living ecosystem.
In Costa Rica, that was made painfully apparent when the Las Baulas marine research park found itself struggling to aid a distressed sea turtle on the beach.
In the video, it’s clear that something is wrong with the sea turtle, which has a long, white object protruding from its nostril.
As a pair of marine workers go to help, the leatherback turtle resists—and with the object firmly lodged, it’s clear that removing it will be painful.
Eventually, one of the two researchers gets out a small tool, using it to grip the object and quickly, carefully pull it out.
While another comforts the turtle in the aftermath, the object is held up—and onlookers realize that a plastic fork had been caught in the turtle’s nose, leaving him laboring to breathe.
Leatherback turtles are considered vulnerable populations, with their numbers decreasing every year.
Due to accidents like this, it’s clear that human behavior is becoming at least partially responsible—but luckily, they have kind workers like these men on their side to help combat the impact of the harmful changes to the turtles’ environment.
Hopefully, seeing this caused at least a few people to re-think their decisions to toss plastic utensils where it could harm wildlife!
Source: ©Facebook Video Screenshot | Account