A Galapagos rescue moment that we recently had managed to be an incredibly amazing and fulfilling experience. The Galapagos is a humbling place that invites you to become a part of it, serving as a living laboratory of evolution for all our guests. It’s a place that truly feels alive, inviting you to get up close to its unique fauna and otherworldly landscapes that it hosts. Being in such close contact with nature, it’s sometimes easy to forget how fragile it is and take it for granted. This time, we got the opportunity to “give back” to the islands in return for all the wonderful things it has given us. In sum: we managed to pay nature back with pretty big favor!
Out of nowhere, our Naturalist Guide that was in charge of this last group asked the panga driver to stop the craft, as something floating in the water had caught
her attention. Because it was not moving, the panga driver was able to approach the object only to discover that it was a Pacific green sea turtle that was tangled up in some fishing line. It looked as if the turtle had given up completely as the panga pulled up next to it, as it did not swim away. As everyone got a closer look, it became apparent that the fishing line had been badly tangled around its head and fin. We instantly knew we had to do something to help this poor turtle.
As it was rather difficult and awkward to work on the trapped turtle while it was in the water, Xavier (our panga driver) found his hidden strength and, in one swift motion, managed to actually lift the turtle out of the water and onto the panga!
Unable to get the turtle free with just our bare heads, our Naturalist Guide radioed for help from our nearby and beautiful expedition vessel (the Santa Cruz II). We requested a knife and some scissors, and in a matter of minutes, another panga arrived with the supplies and to help us out with this extraordinary Galapagos Rescue Moment!
With the help of our guests and now the two panga drivers, we used our new tools to cut the line and free the turtle. It was really a group effort, and while some guests were holding the turtle down, others took pictures and video.
The Santa Cruz II Galapagos cruise is proud to be an environmentally-conscious and proactive Galapagos vessel, offering best-in-class service and expeditions throughout the Enchanted Isles.c