Kitesurfer Rescues The Sea Turtle
Another happy ending
One January day, when he was riding, world champion kitesurfer Mitu Monteiro noticed something unusual floating in the water close to the dangerous rocks of Serra Negra Beach on Sal Island in Cape Verde, Africa. Monteiro rode in to take a closer look to discover a distressed sea turtle tangled in plastic and struggling to breath and swim.
“I know it would have died if I didn’t rescue it,” Monterio told later 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.”
While holding on to the control bar of the kiteboard, Monteiro placed the turtle on the kiteboard and rode to shore where he and his friends began cutting away the plastic. “I was afraid of cutting the plastic because it was embedded so deeply into its skin, but what worried me the most was its flipper,” Monteiro said. “It was covered in a white substance and smelt bad. I started to think they would have to amputate the flipper.”
Mitu with his friends freed the turtle and called in the animal rescue service. “Despite fears that the turtle’s flipper may have to be amputated, the gentle creature is now on the road to recovery,” Caters News reported.
Photos by Gabriele Rumbolo