Viewers who tuned in to watch Blue Planet Live were left mortified after watching a seagull snatching a baby turtle, just moments after the baby reptile had been released onto a beach and was making its way towards the sea.
Presenter Liz Bonnin was talking about our responsibility to protect the tiny turtles when the bird pounced in the background.
Liz, who was on Heron Island in Australia, where the minuscule turtles hatch on the beach, said: “We’ve watched them come up to the sands of Heron to nest and we’ve also had the great privilege of watching precious new lives, little hatchlings emerging from nests and making it in the big blue.”
She was crouched down beside a conservationist who was holding a bucket containing the turtles so they could be released onto the sand.
“These hatchlings are going to spend at least a hundred years in our oceans if all goes well,” she continued. “Surely it’s our responsibility to safeguard their futures.” Oh, the cruel irony.
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