Some elementary school students in Japan observed some 19 sea turtles from the time they hatched until they were about 10 months old. After that, they attached tags to their rear flippers and set them free. Swim Tommy, swim! And, so the turtles swam and otherwise enjoyed life for about two years.
At that time, some evil fishermen who apparently didn’t mind catching turtles also cast their nets into the sea. And, don’t you know?, Tommy caught got in the nets. Glory be to Neptune there was at least one fisherman who had a heart and could read, too. He found the identification tag attached to the flipper. He learned that turtle had been set free from an island 1000 km (621 miles) away.
The turtle was returned to an aquarium to recover his strength after which he will be released again. Swim, Tommy, swim! The story is indeed curious except for the part that it was people who got involved in the first place that made this creature’s life miserable, no?
How much should people be involved in understanding our neighbors?