Photo: Jason Kunewa
Photo: Jason Kunewa

Dana Point Times

On April 11, the crew aboard Dana Wharf Whale Watching vessel San Mateo came upon a giant leatherback turtle in distress.

Crew member Jason Kunewa grabbed his GoPro camera and a knife, jumped into the water and freed the turtle from a mass of kelp tangled around its left flipper and neck.

The turtle was estimated to weigh close to 700 pounds.

Click here to see video of the rescue.

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