Watch: Man rescues sea turtle stuck in tree roots

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.

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.