Angel Hernandez and Bryce Trevett were recently out on the water when they spotted a sea turtle caught in a discarded balloon. Seeing the animal tangled in the balloon’s flailing strings, they knew they needed to step in to help.

One of the rescuers jumped into the water and captured the turtle. Once the animal was on the boat, the men cut the string that was constricting the turtle. Thanks to their immediate rescue, the turtle could return to the water in no time!

“This is why you always want to throw away your balloons after your parties,” says Trevett in the video, emphasizing the obvious problem behind such cases of entanglement which happen daily.

We rarely think about where our waste will end up after we throw it away, let alone how many lives it could threaten. Every year, around 8.8 million tons of plastic gets dumped into the oceans, and it is estimated that as many as 50 percent of all sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs!

In the light of these terrifying statistics, it is obvious that something has to be done and all of us need to focus on about what happens to the things we throw away. Join our #CrushPlastic movement to learn more about what you can do to help!