Steve Booker of Cyril, Oklahoma, was walking along a beach at sunrise in Cozumel, Mexico, when he saw something strange out of the corner of his eye. Lying below a bridge was a massive female sea turtle who was on its back and bleeding from her nose.
At first glimpse, Steve assumed she had passed away. But when he got closer, Steve saw her slowly blink her eyes – she was barely holding on to her life. What he did next has thousands of people applauding him.
He surmised that the sea turtle had crossed the road above him and fallen down the embankment. Not only was she bleeding, but she had sustained another injury. He was incredibly worried.
Steve knew he had to jump in to help immediately. Without thinking twice, Steve gently flipped the huge sea right-side up and that’s when he saw the broken shell.
It was amazing that the sea turtle had clung on to life for as long as she did. Steve sat by patiently as the turtle regained her bearings and started to crawl toward the water.
She likely was headed that way in the first place when she experienced her accident. The poor thing could not right herself, but thanks to Steve, she was well on her way to recovering.
Inch by inch, the turtle waded into the sea. Before he knew it, the turtle was gone!
As soon as Steve returned to his room, he posted the video online and shared what an emotional experience the rescue was. It made an impression on him, being able to help one of God’s creatures in such a simple way.
It was a situation that many others might have turned and walked away from. We have no way of knowing what happened to the sea turtle after it entered the water, but we can all hope that she made it okay and will live for years to come!
Sea turtles are amazing creatures to begin with, but this heartwarming story highlights how important the bond can be between humans and animals. Steve had never been this close up to a sea turtle, but his compassion for helping others saved its life.
Steve was a blessing to this sea turtle who desperately needed a human’s helping hand. Numerous people from around the world have commented on Steve’s video and applauded him for stepping up and helping.
Take a peek at this heroic rescue in the video below.