Sometimes, going fishing can result in some pretty unexpected catches when the line is finally reeled in.
During a long day on the water, it’s possible to reel in kelp, seaweed, trash, and even an empty hook when fish snag the bait free.
For one fisherman, though, his unexpected catch was just the start of a heroic rescue mission for one of the ocean’s most vulnerable creatures.
It’s estimated that millions of sea turtles have been trapped by fishing nets over the years, getting caught up in the tough lines and finding themselves in serious danger with no chance to ever get free.
Unable to swim properly and often unable to feed themselves, and in some cases becoming seriously injured, an alarming number of these turtles die without anyone to intervene. That’s left six of the world’s seven species of sea turtles somewhere on the endangered list, whether at risk of becoming endangered or already hitting critical levels.
With that in mind, this fisherman reels up a sea turtle literally wound up in a discarded rod with a fishing line choking it, he and quickly goes to work cutting it free.
It takes a knife and some steady hands to free the aquatic friend from the netting, while others on the boat look on with bated breath.
Eventually, though, the fisherman is able to help—and at least one more turtle avoids a disastrous fate, heading back out into the vast waters to swim and be free once again.
What an incredible thing to do!