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Turtles, other marine life freed from ocean debris

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WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A Makaha family camping at Kea'au Beach Park in Waianae this weekend discovered three live turtles and other marine life trapped in a net of debris.

"We just took things into our own hands and we decided to cut the net, part it and pull it up, bits by pieces," said Jane Kaomealani Hose.

The huge tangled mess of nets, hooks, plastic and trash was found by divers and brought ashore Saturday morning. 

"It was heavy," said Shayne Biven, who also helped clear the debris. "It had fish, starfish, crabs and all kinds stuff inside."

It was a disappointing discovery for the Hose family, who grew up on the Leeward coast.

"To see something like this is pretty sad," said Hose. "We're surrounded by the ocean, we live in the ocean. That's practically our second home."

But marine debris like this is nothing new, according to NOAA officials.

They say the amount of plastic and trash found in the ocean continues to grow and threaten numerous marine species.

"We've hauled out over 900 tons of marine debris from the northwestern Hawaiian islands in the last two decades and all of that marine debris, every last bit of it, came from somewhere else," said David Swatland of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

Hose hopes this reminds everyone, everywhere to respect the land.

"This sucks," she said. "We don't want to see this anymore. This is exactly why we clean up beaches and this is exactly why we recycle."

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