It’s no wonder the Coast Guard motto is “Always Ready.” Whether they’re protecting our ports or, in this case, saving a giant sea turtle, these guys prove they really are ready for anything the sea casts their way.
When a recreational fishing boat off the coast of New Jersey came upon a leatherback sea turtle struggling to free itself from a fishing net, those on the boat alerted the Coast Guard.
In a video recently released by the Coast Guard, members of the responding Coast Guard crew — along with an official from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center — worked together to free the massive 800-pound reptile.
As you may guess, after some finagling of nets (and with a bit more finesse than you might expect from such strapping men), the sea turtle is freed and happily swims off.
These guys may be tough as nails, but they’re a bunch of softies when it counts.