Sea turtles are one of the most solitary animals in the world. These marine reptiles spend most of their time underwater and only come out to lay their eggs.
However, they are sometimes washed ashore due to the high tide and some unfortunates get stuck in the most unlikely places and struggle to get back in the water.
Recently, a video showing the sea turtle rescue stuck to the roots of a tree on the beach has gone viral on social media.
The undated video shows a man using a knife to sever the roots so the turtle, which had a fin entangled in it, could free itself. After cutting the root, the man pushes the sea turtle out to sea and within seconds the reptile swims away.
Que gran gesto de humanidad para un ser indefenso, gracias a este señor por salvar la vida de una tortuga que estaba atrapada e indefensa pic.twitter.com/GVRpUWeMes
—El Franky (@ElFranky_) July 20, 2022
There is a special place in heaven for people who go out of their way to help Mother Nature’s creatures. 💕
— Jeri Brown (@canladyj) July 23, 2022
The woman recording was clapping… she said “She’s alive! Look at her, she swims! Oh! So cute… She was saved!
— Bren (@fierecillla_) July 23, 2022
Thank you so much for helping him ♥️♥️♥️
(This water is gorgeous!)
– Her – Masked, relaxed and fully vaxxed 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 (@Lurtle) July 23, 2022
People complaining about how he mistakenly rescued the turtle pisses me off, he’s obviously not a professional marine biologist. He doesn’t even have shorts, he got into the situation with his family and did what he could. The animal went fast and unscathed. be grateful
— Nadia 🤷🏻♀️ (@olguith) July 23, 2022
Why do humans love and care so much for animals, but are mean and mean to their fellow human beings?
— CA (@Kiks_orjiugo) July 23, 2022
Imagine the turtle going home to explain to Mrs. Turtle why he didn’t come home last night. Wahala
— Mr Olly. (@euwol) July 23, 2022
Kindness and respect for ALL living things is the key to true happiness
These children will never forget this day… The day their father became a hero https://t.co/xzYLgHHuqA
— Loyal Logic (@LoyalLogic) July 24, 2022
It appears the man was with family members on vacation at the beach when they spotted the distressed sea turtle.
The two-minute video of the rescue was shared on Twitter by a popular account that goes by the username @ElFranky_. The video was captioned in Spanish, which roughly translates to: “What a great gesture of humanity for a helpless being. Thank you to this man for saving the life of a turtle that was trapped and helpless”.
The video has garnered over 3.2 million views since it was posted on July 21. Commenting, a Twitter user wrote: “The dad (if he was the father of the child) did two things: he saved the sea turtle and he showed his son how fulfilling and how much he is just to do it.