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Diver saves a turtle's life and is repaid the kindness

Diver Saves a Turtle's Life

Can animals express gratitude? Most pet owners believe they can and this video suggests that saying "thank you" isn't uniquely human.

While spear fishing for tuna off Mexico's coast, Cameron Dietrich and Colin Sutton happen upon this sea turtle in trouble. Dietrich dives in and goes to work untangling the rope -- possibly part of a fishing net -- from around the turtle's flipper.

Once free, the sea turtle turns and begins to swim away. But then, an incredible thing happens. As Sutton continues to capture the scene with his go-pro camera, the turtle circles back. And swims up face to face with Dietrich, allowing the diver to hold him.

Is this turtle-speak for "thank you"? It could be. The World Wildlife Fund says fishing gear is the greatest threat to endangered sea turtles like loggerheads, green turtles and leather backs.

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Ray July 17 2014 at 6:35 AM

Perhaps we humans are starting to realize that we’re to be the care takers of life on Earth not the destroyers. I’ve read other stories of rescued wildlife seeming grateful for human help. Great story.

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Drillsgt1843 July 17 2014 at 6:30 AM

Now if people can only learn something from this and show care and compassion to animals, we will all be much better off.

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larrykad Drillsgt1843 July 17 2014 at 4:30 PM

I have shown care and compassion and offered help to many people only to be spit in my face...and helping them? Try helping themselves to my things and stealing from me etc. etc. No thanks. I will stick to helping animals. If I get bit I know it is probaly in their nature to begin with.

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gramargo larrykad July 17 2014 at 6:28 PM

Sorry you've been subject to such things, but I think it's rather rare that people do this to those who help them. I do know of a couple who have taken advantage of my daughter, but she still tries to do good things for those in need and thinks of the "bad ones" as learning experiences.

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Aissa2 July 17 2014 at 7:12 AM

How beautiful! I would like to think that the turtle was expressing gratitude. Once again proving animals more involved than humans, I know some humans who don't express anything. Humans seem to only be able to express insanity, hate and greed. Animals more evolved than us.

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joan July 17 2014 at 6:06 AM

It just melts your heart. So amazing and beautiful

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exitscreaming joan July 17 2014 at 7:37 PM

Dietrich: You came back to thank me!

Turtle: Actually I came back to ask if you could stop slaughtering the tuna .

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hokanut exitscreaming July 17 2014 at 8:15 PM

That's perfect!

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dashdzl exitscreaming Monday at 9:37 PM

and you could avoid your next meal and save something. think about it!

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jdfbeeler July 17 2014 at 7:20 AM

The LORD God is an awesome God!

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contactjohn July 17 2014 at 6:43 AM

Dominion over the Planet means "Caretaker!"

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chdblwinnr contactjohn July 17 2014 at 11:23 AM


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Jenny July 17 2014 at 8:41 AM


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darkcloudstonite Jenny July 17 2014 at 7:09 PM

what about what his spear did for the tuna ?

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JD July 17 2014 at 7:51 AM

Nice report- What a tragedy it would have been had that poor turtle drown on account of our negligence.

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Cindy July 17 2014 at 7:55 AM

Awwww, how touching! A nice feel-good story.

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darkcloudstonite Cindy July 17 2014 at 7:09 PM

unless you're a tuna.

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Shawn July 17 2014 at 5:49 AM

haha, just awesome. Turtles for the win.

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