This is the heart-warming moment a surfer rescues a helpless baby seal which was trapped in a fishing net for a whole week.
Footage uploaded to social media shows the exhausted seal struggling to escape netting which had snagged it onto a small tree on Manyana beach, on south coast of NSW.
The man, Neal Cameron, can be seen cutting animal free with a knife before it makes a dash for the open seas without looking back.
‘It was pretty stroppy, snarling at us to start with but we held it tight to immobilise it and lifted it up so it couldn’t get any traction with its flippers on the sand,’ Mr Cameron told Camden Advertiser.
After getting the netting off the tree he can be seen cutting it off the seal, which bounds towards the shore the instant he is freed.
‘He slapped his way back to the ocean, not once did it turn around and say thanks,’ Mr Cameron said.
The seal was believed to be stranded on the beach for about a week after getting washed ashore by stormy seas.
Footage of the rescue was uploaded to Vimeo and Facebook, where it has drawn praise from commenters.
‘He was lucky for you being there Neal’ wrote one commenter.
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