A tourist at a resort in Cozumel, Mexico saved a doomed sea turtle by flipping it back on its feet, er, flippers, allowing it to return to the ocean.
“A huge sea turtle lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping...”
Good thing truth's stranger than fiction, because that paraphrased blurb from Blade Runner's memorable Voight-Kampff test scene played out rather differently in real life the other day, thanks to a compassionate tourist who's NOT named Leon.
Steve Booker of Cyril, Oklahoma was out for an early morning walk on the beach while on vacation in Cozumel when he noticed a massive adult sea turtle in obvious distress.
Somehow, the aquatic reptile had tumbled down a road embankment and had come to rest on her back near the mouth of a drainage pipe. “I thought she was dead,” explained Booker, “then she started blinking her eyes. I had to help.”
Setting his phone on a nearby rock, Booker proceeded to lift one side of the turtle's shell and tip it upright. The turtle – sporting a bleeding nose and a crack in its shell – then merrily trundled off in the direction of the breaking waves with Booker trailing behind, recording.
“This is what I call a perfect sunrise right here,” commented Booker as the stately sea turtle slipped gracefully (and no doubt gratefully) into the primeval ocean. You can watch Booker's video of the rescue here. (via Sunny Skyz and KSWO.com)