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Divers Find Animals Trapped In Cages Underwater, Shocking!

Wouldn't it be heartbreaking to watch a vulnerable species of the animal held captive underwater? In an island, Kokoya in Indonesiarare animal species called dugongs were trapped inside large steel cages by their tails. These are marine animals that are close to extinction and resemble the species of manatees. 

Their cages are present deep in the ocean water and they're held by chains. 

Divers Find Animals Trapped In Cages Underwater, Shocking!

Divers Find Animals Trapped In Cages Underwater, Shocking!

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Delon Lim, was one of the divers who noticed the cages initially.

Delon Lim, was one of the divers who noticed the cages initially.

It was a pair of dugongs trapped inside the cages but held separately. They were mother and child. The mother was restrained by her tail, and the calf was left unrestrained inside the cage.

It is unclear for how long they have been trapped inside cages.

It is unclear for how long they have been trapped inside cages.

It is definitely several weeks because the injuries on the tail fin of the mother are very much visible, and it bleeds as well. It is very heartbreaking to see something so hurtful happening to such magnificent creatures of the ocean.

The divers were allowed to enter the cage of the mother.

The divers were allowed to enter the cage of the mother.

Apparently the dugongs were captured by a local fisherman in order to gain profits from the tourists. He even asked for money in order to see or take pictures of the dugongs.

The divers also informed the fishermen about the vulnerability of this species.

The divers also informed the fishermen about the vulnerability of this species.

The divers hated the condition of these animals and tried to convince the fisherman to let them go.

But they didn't seem quite convinced.

But they didn't seem quite convinced.

So in order to make them take the threat seriously, they started posting pictures and videos of these poor trapped creatures on social media in order to create awareness.

They also contacted the wildlife authorities.

They also contacted the wildlife authorities.

Within hours, the authorities approached the scene and noticed the animals were still trapped.

That's when action was taken to set them free.

That's when action was taken to set them free.

It is sad that humans still use animals for their pleasure of tourism. Especially when animals can't protect themselves against human weapons and feel completely helpless.

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