A turtle has washed up in a popular St Julian’s bay with a large fishing hook in its mouth.
The disheartening site was shared by the Sliema Local Council, who lamented the death of the rare marine animal in Maltese waters.
“Unfortunately, the turtle didn’t make it,” the council said in a statement.
The turtle can also be seen to be entangled in fishing line.
The Sliema Local Council went on to share a quote from former President of Bolivia, Evo Morales.
“Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.”
It wasn’t only the Sliema local council who shared the loss, with one user, Ryan Galea, sharing images of passersby near the dead turtle.
MEP Cyrus Engerer said the turtle had died due to human waste, calling for a “change in mentality” to avoid further deaths.
This is not the first time a dead turtle washed up in Balluta Bay, with one appearing there just seven months ago.
It was also found to have ingested with fishing hooks and fishing line, leading to its death.
Have you ever encountered a turtle in Malta’s seas?