VIDEO: Las Cuevas fishermen rescue leatherback turtle caught in net

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 10:00

A video of Las Cuevas fishermen rescuing an endangered leatherback turtle from a fishing net is receiving praise on social media.

The video was posted by the Las Cuevas Eco Friendly Association and was viewed over 47,000 times over 14 hours.


The near-3-minute video shows three fishermen cutting the net before they eventually free the turtle.

The Association says on the post, "Thanks a lot guys #keep up the good work."

The leatherback sea turtle is the largest of all living turtles and is the fourth-heaviest modern reptile behind three crocodilians.

Leatherbacks sometimes get caught in commercial shrimp nets and suffocate.

Turtle Excluder Devices, called TEDs, have been built into some nets that let captured animals escape, but shrimpers complain that TEDs cut down on their catch size.

It has been estimated that 11,000 marine turtles are caught in nets every year. Many of them are leatherbacks.