I did not have a knife on me to cut the fishing line off the turtle. It was very frustrating as I was swimming with the turtles for 40 minutes. However, thankfully, a couple that was scuba diving nearby come across the turtles after I had to leave them and cut the line off the turtle, setting it free! In this image you can clearly see the hook in the back edge of the turtle's shell as well as on it's flipper. Unfortunately, this is not an unusual occurance in Hawaii and around the world.
This first of 5 images reflect the problem Maui Sea Turtles incur from recreational fishing. You see a turtle that is hooked in TWO PLACES: under the right back edge of his shell and on his front left flipper, and the buoy is a plastic bottle holding that flipper up making it very difficult to swim. His "friend" is trying to come to his aid.
In this second image you see the friend of the hooked sea turtle closing in to try to help his hurting friend. You also see the floating plastic bottle buoy which is attached to the hooked turtle's front left flipper.