A man fishing in Venice, Florida, caught a gigantic loggerhead sea turtle on his hook.
But the thing is, he wasn’t trying to catch a turtle. In fact, he dreaded the possibility.
“When I pulled, it felt like a turtle, because a turtle feels like a freight train on the end of the line,” Rob Merlino said, recalling the moment the 300-pound reptile got hooked on his line.
His heart sank. The turtle was far too big to drag to shore in order to free it from the hook.
And time was running out. The turtle had begun to thrash at the hook in its mouth, unwillingly tying the fishing line around its throat and making it tighter and tighter.
That’s when Austin Selby came to help.
The young man saw what was happening and dove into the water without hesitation.
He swam over to the huge turtle but found the line nearly impossible to remove.
And the reptile wasn’t exactly willing to help. It nearly took Austin’s hand clean off while he tried to unhook it. He was almost dragged underwater as the turtle struggled to free itself.
Finally, with the help of some concerned onlookers, Austin was able to cut the line and remove the hook from the turtle’s mouth.
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