Afterward, the turtle, no doubt relieved, was dutifully escorted back into the water. For the first time since getting hooked, he could finally swim free again.
The feeling of having saved the turtle's life was joyous, but also tinged with remorse that he nearly died because of ocean pollution.
"Knowing that we as humans cause this means helping was not an act of heroism," Marinho said. "We were fixing a mistake. But in the end we all hugged and celebrated. That was a very special animal."