To us she’s a supermodel, but to sea turtles she’s a superhero.
Gisele Bündchen saved a sea turtle’s life after finding it had been washed ashore upside down while trapped inside a fishing net. The rescue was captured on video and shared to her Instagram.
In the video, a distressed Bündchen, 41, squats down and immediately begins to carefully de-tangle the large upside down sea turtle from the discarded netting while speaking in Portuguese.
“Early this morning I was walking on the beach and Onyx started barking at a pile of ocean trash that had washed during high tide,” she wrote alongside the video.
“When I came closer I saw this beautiful turtle turned upside down with a look of hopelessness and exhaustion in her eyes, her body knotted and entangled in a fishing net.”
Once she gets the netting off of the turtle she’s able to turn it right side up, but after being trapped for so long it wasn’t strong enough to bring itself back to the water — so Bündchen picked it up and carried it.
For the record, an average adult sea turtle can be anywhere from 240 to 420lbs, according to ConserveTurtles.org.
“I didn’t think twice, I just picked her up and carry her to the water.(amazing how adrenaline can make you stronger!),” the video caption continued. “I felt relieved and so happy to see her swim away freely, grateful that I was there and able to help.”
The end of the video shows the turtle resting in the water before moving out into the ocean and eventually swimming away.
“There are so many other animals that unfortunately end up dying on nets like this,” she told her 18.2 million followers. “Today I was reminded that we must become more aware of our ways as a species and help protect all animals, it’s our choice.”