So, saying “thank you” may not be uniquely human, GoPro suggests in an awesome video. In it, we see a Puerto Rican kite surfer untangle a huge sea turtle from the fishing nets which had ensnared it.
The rescue and touching encounter with the sea turtle that followed were filmed earlier this year by two friends who were out spear fishing off the coast of Mexico. When Cameron Dietrich and Colin Sutton realized what was going on, they immediately jumped into the water and rescued the distressed sea reptile.
As you will see in the video below, using a dive knife, kite surfer Dietrich carefully cut away the mesh of ropes and netting into which the turtle’s front fin had got entangled, while Sutton helped the animal to float.
And then the amazing thing happened. Once the turtle had been freed from the net, it began to swim away, but then suddenly it slowed down and circled back to the friends.
The reptile then swam over to Dietrich and stopped just inches away from his face and let its savior hold it, as if to say “thank you”. The two remained close to each other for a few moments, with the turtle positioned between Dietrich and the surface. Such a touching moment. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A sea turtle swims nose to nose with Cameron Dietrich after he freed it from tangled fishing nets.
2. Dietrich uses a dive knife to cut away the tangled mess of nets that had wrapped around the turtle.
3. Dietrich and his friends spotted the turtle in distress while they were spear fishing off the Mexico coast.
4. Colin Sutton films on a GoPro camera as Dietrich dives in to help the turtle.
5. The friends work quickly to free the sea turtle, which calmly allowed Dietrich to get close.
6. The freed sea turtle started to swim away before suddenly turning back towards Dietrich.
7. The turtle swims over to Dietrich and lets him embrace it.
8. The turtle then slowly drifted through the sea, keeping level with Dietrich.
And here is the amazing video:
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