The direct and indirect impact of humans on marine life has been more or less adverse. Unsustainable fishing practices, oil spills, stray discarded fishing nets and mismanaged trash are some of the activities that harm and endanger aquatic creatures and cause them immense suffering. Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) is a non-profit organization that works for the welfare of these voiceless beings.
In this video, we see OCN rescuers Antoine and Naude visiting the Walvis Bay to look for seals entangled in fishing nets. This is an everyday morning patrol for the duo as several seals end up intertwined in those nasty wires due to the commercial fishing operations prevalent in the area. However, this turned out to be a special day for the rescuers thanks to a sweet angelic baby seal!
Once a seal gets messed up in a fishing net, they panic and run around in desperation. This often causes the piercing nets to tighten around their soft bodies, injuring them severely. Without the intervention of rescuers, most of these seals either starve or suffocate to death.
It is habitual for the rescued seals to bite their saviors and run off in agitation, which is honestly quite understandable considering their stressful struggle to survive. However, Antoine and Naude were in for a heartwarming surprise when they captured one distressed baby seal in this video!
This particular seal cub was uncharacteristically calm when the rescuers approached him. He looked at them with his big gloomy eyes as a sharp fishing line tormented his neck. He squirmed in anxiety when a rescuer grabbed his neck to snip off the net. But the moment he was freed, the seal’s face gleamed with gratitude!
Unlike his fellow rescued seals, this baby seal didn’t scoot off at top speed to join his herd. Instead, he lingered on the sand and repeatedly turned his head to the rescuers in an adorable attempt to say thank you! What a sweetheart! It’s a pity such marvelous creatures suffer because of human thoughtlessness.
Click the video below to watch the baby seal’s heartwarming gesture of gratitude toward his rescuer.