A group of divers headed out to explore the waters surrounding the remote island of Kokoya, located off the coast of Indonesia. It’s an ideal place to scuba dive with it’s crystal clear water and gorgeous sea life.
What the divers discovered instead was a nightmare. When they swan to the the bottom of the ocean, they discovered two underwater cages with rare marine animals called dugongs. Dugongs are closely related to the manatee.
At first, the divers weren’t sure how or why these gentle giants got there, but they knew they needed to break them free. When they did learn the truth, they were left even more horrified…
Two dugong,s, a mother and her baby, were being held captive in separate cages, with the mother chained by her tail.
The divers soon learned that the animals had been captured by a local fisherman who was requesting money from tourist in exchange for seeing the animals.
Though the divers were unsure as to how long the dugongs had been in the cages, but the scars on the mother’s tail suggested it had been at least several weeks. The fisherman promised to free the animals, so the divers took pictures and videos and posted them to social media to make sure that happened.
It’s a good thing, too because a day later, wildlife authorities showed up and the dugongs were still inside their cages. At long last, the poor animals were set free.
Dugongs are actually listed as vulnerable to extinction, so it’s incredibly lucky that the divers found these two and cared enough to make sure they were freed.
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