When professional kitesurfer Mitu Monteiro spotted something odd floating in the water off Sal Island in Cape Verde, Africa, he had to investigate — despite the danger. Only days earlier, two fisherman had disappeared near the dangerous, rock-strewn surf he was now moving towards. Upon closer examination, he discovered a distressed loggerhead sea turtle completely entangled in fishing line. The species, considered endangered around the world, has been decimated by fishing gear from industrial fisheries.
"I know it would have died if I didn’t rescue it," Monteiro told Caters News Agency. "She was unable to get food as the filament was preventing her from diving and it was wound tightly around her neck."
Carefully avoiding the pounding surf, Monteiro hoisted the turtle onto his kiteboard and paddled back to shore. There, he was joined by other surfers who helped to cut away some of the line.
According to Caters News Agency, the turtle is now in the care of an animal rescue group and is recovering well.
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