Heartwarming Video Shows The Moment Kind Lobstermen Free A Helpless Seal Pup Trapped In Fishing Nets

While out fishing near Owls Head, Maine, one commercial fisherman caught something unexpected—a young harbor seal pup.

Spotting the mass of mammal and fishing rope floating in the water, the fisherman quickly hauled it up, eager to cut the animal free. Using a small knife to cut through the mass of green ropes, the man was eventually able to free the animal. The fisherman then lowered the seal gently into the water.

After video of the seal’s rescue was posted, it quickly earned a bevy of comments and shares praising the fisherman’s rescue. While seals, especially pups, can look harmless and adorable, the mammals are known to sometimes have a dangerous bite.