Ocean Conservation Namibia is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of the plastic pollution crisis that is affecting sea animals. The organization works to disentangle seals from plastic and other human-made items. As of August 2022, they have rescued more than 2800 seals over the past 10 years.
Naude, the lead rescuer, was at Cape Cross with his family looking at the world’s biggest colony of sea lions. According to Ocean Conservation Namibia, Cape Cross, Namibia, is one of the world’s largest seal colonies and can hold up to 400,000 Cape Fur Seals during the height of the breeding season in December.
Within just a couple of meters, Naude says that they saw nearly a dozen entangled seals. One, in particular, was very bad. The poor seal had a fishing line wrapped around his body. That’s when Naude decided he needed to go on a rescue mission.
He caught the seal and began to try to cut the fishing line off of his body.
It took Naude quite a long time to get the fishing line off. He worked hard as the seal tried to get away, but Naude knew that soon, he would be free and happier.
Now, finally, with the fishing line off, the seal waddled away and seemed happier than ever. He ran over to hang out with his pals and began barking almost as if he was telling them that the line was finally off!
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