The red leviathan had risen from the abyss to consume the symbol of the glory of America.
Fortunately, these Canadians were on site to rescue it. John Ilett and his friends, salmon farmers, came upon the scene off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. They closed the distance, hooked the beast on a pole, and pulled it off. CNN quotes Illett:
Ilett said he's been working on the water for about 20 years and admits he's seen incredible things, but this encounter ranks as the coolest to date. "It's moments like this why I love my job and being out in the environment where I can work and live," he said. "It's just amazing."
Illett has been reading comments on social media discussing whether or not his team should have intervened and said it's a different feeling when you're watching the situation unfold in front of your own eyes.
"Am I at fault because I'm human and I felt compassion for the bird?" he said. "At the end of the day both animals are alive and well and they went their separate ways and we feel pretty good about what we did."
Thank you, Canada.
-via Richard Hernandez