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IN Animals ON 27 Mar, 2016
Wouldn't it be heartbreaking to watch a vulnerable species of the animal held captive underwater? In an island, Kokoya in Indonesia, rare 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.
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 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.
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 hated the condition of these animals and tried to convince the fisherman to let them go.
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.
Within hours, the authorities approached the scene and noticed the animals were still trapped.
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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