Animals Video

By Mikey Jones

A scuba diver captured the moment that he freed a trapped turtle from a mass of fishing nets. 

Rohan Burger, 23, has recorded the moment that he leapt to action upon seeing a struggling turtle tangled in fishing nets.

Despite initially not realising the turtle was a large leatherback, the diver claims he dove straight into the Guinjata Bay, Africa, when locals shouted that the animal was in trouble.

And after one hour of working tirelessly to save the turtle, it finally swam free.


Rohan said: “When we got there two locals were in the water trying to free the turtle, and when we realized it was a leatherback turtle, we dove down to try to lift the turtle within the nets to the surface so it could breathe. 

“After it took its first breath we started untangling the turtle, but within the nets, we also found a dead mobula ray.

“It took quite a while because the nets were wrapped around the turtle’s neck and pectoral fins, so we were probably in the water for over an hour.

“The fisherman catch rays, sharks, and turtles in the nets quite often, so we were surprised when they asked for help. 

“We know that most turtle species are endangered so we wanted to help save the turtle.”