800-Pound Leatherback Turtle Rescued from Fishing Net by US Coast Guard

Leatherbacks are the largest turtles on Earth. They are capable of growing up to seven feet long and reaching 2,000 pounds.

Once upon a time, leatherbacks could be found in every ocean except the Antarctic and Arctic, but today, their population is rapidly declining in many parts of the world.

Sea turtles are often caught in fishing nets, known as bycatch, which pose a serious threat to their survival and marine ecosystems as a whole. Since they need to reach the surface to breathe, many drown once they are caught.

Fortunately, this leatherback was one of the lucky ones. Thanks to a boater who reported the incident, and the assistance of the US Coast Guard, this 800-pound majestic creature was freed.

Watch the awesome footage above.