Praslin residents Sunday rescued a leatherback turtle entangled in sea moss lines in the community.
Michael, one of the rescuers, said someone discovered the turtle among the lines and raised an alarm.
He told St Lucia Times that as a result, four of them went to free the creature.
“I’m a nature boy,” Michael explained.
He said he and the other rescuers were happy to assist in freeing the animal.
Michael said they did not know how long the turtle had been trapped close to the shore.
And he explained that the tide was low at the time of the rescue about 1.30 pm.
According to the Praslin resident, it took them about ten minutes to free the turtle which offered no resistance.
A video on social media shows the turtle heading towards the open sea.
Michael wades into the water to help guide the animal so that it does not become entangled again.
A male voice in the background observes that the creature, which is lumbering as it goes, is very tired.
“The rope tired him out so now he has to rest. If that boy was not tired he’d be out there already,” the man declares.
Then he offers words of encouragement.
“Just take it easy, you will make it,” he asserts as the turtle slowly makes it way to the open sea.
Last week local media reported that turtles are coming under increasing threat from lines at sea moss farms.
A Sea Moss drink manufacturer told HTS Evening News that two creatures had drowned recently after becoming entangled in sea moss farm lines in Laborie.
Headline photo: Praslin residents Nolan (l) and Michael (r) untangle turtle