Seeing animals in the wild is always a wonderful experience. Rescuing them from predators is a whole different level.
In the footage, fishermen in the Bahamas see churning waves near their boats. As they got closer, they realized it was a sea turtle and a tiger shark fighting to the death.
Some swearing flew up as they swallowed it whole. The turtle’s flippers flail in the water as the shark grabs.
“Impossible,” said one fisherman. “That poor [deleted] turtle! They watched as the turtle tried to climb onto the boat. It moved to the diving platform and tried in vain to free itself from the shark. The tiger shark had a firm grip on the turtle’s shell.
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They grabbed a fishing rod, hoping to find a way to help the turtle. Sea turtles’ shells are made of keratin, which protects them well in the wild. While the shark has a firm grip, the shell protects the turtle’s fragile body. Nonetheless, fishermen are ready and willing to bring the turtles to safety.
“We have to save the turtles,” they said. As the video cuts off, the shark loses control of the turtle.
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“Here we are, we just saw a tiger shark step on a turtle,” they said to the camera. Submerging their camera in the water, they captured stunning photos of tiger sharks swimming in the clear blue waters.
They gently lifted the turtle out of the water. “Let’s relocate this baby.” Once they found a safe place for the turtle, far enough away from the tiger shark, they carefully released it back into the water.
Fortunately, alive, the tortoise swam away. Sea turtles are no strangers to predators in the ocean. In Australia, another sea turtle has fended off a tiger shark attack without the help of well-meaning fishermen.
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