Cruel locals take turns to RIDE a leatherback turtle as the distressed animal tries to move on Indonesian beach
- Locals captured the endangered giant sea turtle as it was laying eggs on a beach
- The Video shows men taking turns to ride the animal as it crawls towards the sea
- One man even stands on the reptile’s hind flippers as it staggers the final yards
This shocking video shows locals on an Indonesian beach cruelly riding on the back of an endangered giant sea turtle.
The video was filmed on Friday after the turtle was captured by residents while it was laying its egg on the beach.
Local authorities have yet to make any statement about the incident.
One man (left) perches on the turtle’s sholuders with his feet on its head, before another (right) stands on its hind flippers as it struggles towards the water’s edge
First, an older man sits on the back of the leatherback sea turtle, as another eggs him on and a third stands behind brandishing a heavy tree branch as a club.
Then a young man takes a turn, nonchalantly eating a snack as he rides the endangered reptile.
Another man carrying a toddler comes and joins him on the turtle’s back as it struggles to crawl towards the sea.
Another young man takes the place of the second, perching on the animal’s back with his feet on its head.
An elderly man (left) sits on the turtle while another brandishes a branch behind him, before a young man nonchalantly eats a snack on the turtle’s back
The video cuts to another elderly, portly man riding the turtle.
Another man, in yellow shorts, throws handfuls of sand at its tail in an apparent bid to goad it on, then gives it a shove before grabbing one of its hind flippers to be pullled along.
An older man sits on the turtle’s back while the man in yellow shorts (left) goads it on
He then stands on both the marine reptile’s hind flippers as it lurches the last few yards to the water’s edge.
The men stay on the turtle’s back even as it crawls into the waves, while their companions gather round to encourage them.
The leatherback sea turtle is the largest of all turtles and the fourth-biggest reptile at more than half a ton in weight.
Its name comes from its lack of a bony shell, unique among sea turtles. Instead, its carapace is covered by skin and oily flesh.
Leatherback sea turtles are found in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans. They are listed as endangered in all but the northwest Atlantic.
Adult leatherbacks have few natural predators and are not fished for their meat.
But the species faces man-made threats from fishing nets and lobster pots, as well as eating balloons and plastic bags which resemble the jellyfish they eat.
The leatherback sea turtle, or luth, is the largest of all turtles and is classed as criticially endangered in most of the world’s oceans (file photo)
In a still from the TV series Blue Planet II, Sir David Attenborough lays beside a leatherback sea turtle on a beach in Trinidad (file photo)