This is what remains of a large turtle that died after strangling itself on discarded mono-filament fishing line carelessly discarded by fishermen off the coast of Bahrain’s Sitra island.
Mo, the manager at the exclusive Al Dar Island resort, was on a trip in the area on Saturday morning when he saw the fairly large reptile (75 cms across) floating in the water near the Magsoos Wreck.
On closer examination, he and his team found the turtle strangled with the thread. Mo said later they had hoped the turtle was alive and that they could do something about it. “Alas, that wasn’t the case.
“These beautiful and majestic creatures have existed for many years, and travel throughout the seas of the world – but suddenly, they are struggling to survive largely because of the things we people are doing to the seas and beaches.”
The distraught man made an impassioned plea to those fishing to be careful and extra vigilant.
“Please don’t throw anything into the sea… Just look at the consequences,” he said.
“Collect your mono filament fishing line. Don’t leave fishing line behind and retrieve any other line you may find while fishing.
“But please be careful not to tug on snagged lines since this might mean it is caught on habitat below the surface.”
Perhaps, now, Bahrain’s environmental authorities will take some action and begin awareness campaigns for those who want to fish in the waters around the country, rich in not only fish but other exotic aquatic creatures as well.