A team of Coast Guardsmen from Alameda, California, rescued two sea turtles who were ensnared in fishing wire and other debris in the eastern Pacific Ocean, according to a video recently posted by the Coast Guard that went viral on Reddit.
The rescue took place off of the coast of Central America in a known drug-transit zone, the Coast Guard release said. The Coast Guardsmen were responding to a report of a suspicious object in the water when they found the turtles.
The video shows the Coast Guardsmen surprised when they realize it’s actually two turtles ensnared together. According to a report from Seattle’s NBC affiliate, which interviewed some of the crew members, the turtles were approximately 70 pounds each.
"There was no question what we had to do," Petty Officer 2nd Class Hylan Rousseau told the station. "And no one spoke a word. We immediately moved in to rescue mode."
They freed the first with relative ease, but the second sea turtle had fishing wire around its neck.
“The second, and much larger turtle, was quite literally choking to death,” Chief Petty Officer Brian Milcetich told the station. “He had been trying so hard to free himself from the fishing line that he had cinched the line around his own neck."
The Coast Guardsmen freed the second turtle with a pair of medical shears. The video shows the turtle spit up water upon being able to breathe, take a deep breath, then dive into the water.
These Coast Guardsmen may have been expecting to find drugs, but quickly pivoted into a wildlife rescue mission, and their actions almost certainly saved the lives of these two creatures. Watch the video below.
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."