Saving An Iguana Four Miles Offshore
Guy finds Iguana in the middle of the ocean

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I was coming in from an offshore trip and I noticed a weird shaped object floating in the distance. All I could see were the multiple fins running down its back so I though it was some sort of palm frond, but it just didn't look right. I ended up stopping and noticed that it started swimming. It was pretty crazy seeing this guy so far out. I have seen plenty swimming around the islands, but never one that far out. Most likely, because of the King tides that are occurring it got caught in one of the swift outgoing tides and got pushed out to sea. I was just inside the reef so it was close to four miles from land. Most likely it would have died out there as the current that far out would most likely push it East with very little chance of coming back inshore. But you never know and it could be it's normal daily swim back and forth between Cuba and the US. Regardless, it was pretty cool see it trust me enough (versus dying of course) to swim toward the kayak and hop on. And then for it to just cruise along in the open water and then just as it saw the safety of the mangroves close by, it took a leap and swam to shore. Pretty cool. KEY WEST KAYAK FISHING: Equipment Used The Car - 1997 Honda Civic Hatchback DX The Motorcycle - 1997 BMW F650 The Kayaks 1) 2010 Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140. 2) 2012 Hobie Adventure Island w/ Outboard Motor Mount - 2010 Suzuki 2.5 HP 4-Stroke Outboard - Lowrance Hook-5 The Rods/Reels 1) 7' MH Shimano Teramar, TMS-X70MH, Line Wt. 10-20lb, Lure Wt 1/2-1 1/2oz, Power: Medium Heavy, Action: Extra Fast - Penn Conflict 4000 - Power Pro 20lb - Power Pro 10lb - Andes 15lb pink mono 2) 7' H Shimano Teramar, TMS-F70H, Line Wt. 15-20lb, Lure Wt 1/2-2oz, Power: Heavy, Action: Med Fast - Penn Conflict 6000 - Power Pro 65lb 3) 5'8" XH Shimano Treval Jigging Trigger Rod, TVC-58XH, Line Wt. 80-200, Lure Wt, 160 - 270grams, PowerExtra Heavy - Shimano Torium 16 - Power Pro 65lb 4) 7'6" M Hurricane Calico Jack IM7, CAJ-457, Line Wt. 8-17lb, Lure Wt 3/8-3/4oz, Power: Medium - Shimano Solstace 4000 FI - Power Pro 20lb 5) 6' Ande Tournament Stand Up Rod, ASU-601A SDRMH, Line Wt. 20-50, Power: Medium Heavy - Shimano TLD-30A 2-Speed - Power Pro 65lb 6) 6'6" Shimano Trevala, TVC-66MH, Line Wt. 50-100lb, Jig Wt 50-100g, Power: Medium Heavy, Action: Medium Fast - Abu Garcia 6500C3 - Power Pro 30lb 7) 7' Shimano Trevala, TVC-70ML, Line Wt. 20-50lb, Jig Wt 55-135g, Power: Medium Light, Action: Medium Fast - Abu Garcia 6500C3 - Power Pro 30lb Plus a few other misc saltwater rigs that are used sparingly and some Bass rigs which I won't use in salt water. Cast Nets -5' 3/8" Plastic enclosed weights -6' 3/16" Super Spreader SS-1000 1 lb per foot -7' 3/8" Mako 1lb per foot Filming GoPro Hero 4 Silver GoPro Hero 3 Black GoPro Studio Editing Software Panasonic G7 -14-42mm F3.5-5.8 -20mm F1.7 Header Graphic Created By: Jeff Kaphingst ( ( * Jukin Media Verified * Find this video and others like it by visiting For licensing / permission to use, please email licensing(at)jukinmedia(dot)com.


Niels Cremer : People with the dislikes probably thought the iguana naturally lives out in the middle of the ocean 🀦🀦

SneiderMcCluck : When the lizard people finally reveal themselves and take over the world, that Iguana is going to tell them what you did for him.

ART : *Plot Twist The Iguana Was A PAID ACTOR*

Buildosaurus : I know Youtube is going to recommend kayak videos for a week now, but it was worth it because this video is awesome!

FunForSameer : The iguana called an Uber

Jerome Andrew : *_Most importantly, what were you doing 4 miles off shore?_*

Niels Cremer : What an absolutely nice man xD love you dude

The Dongstein : This needs to be remade into a Disney movie lol but from the perspective of the iguana.

Earthling : The dislikes are from Darwin.

ray hanes : Man, this guy looks like he's so happy and really enjoying life.

TOUGH MAN RANDY SAVAGE : You can tell how thrilled he was to see a boat, he's like o thank God in heaven

Remington Bradley : Just curious, would any of you have not picked the little guy up?

Shmatt S : 2:59 Second Iguana, hoping to be rescued...

Hazed Out : OK.. I see humanity still have some hope

xFlow777 : "You wouldn't belive what happened to me today" is how the story gonna go for that little guy

Salmontres : WILSON

Shok731 : Wholesome videos like this put me in a real good mood


Rasulbek Rakhimov : Top 10 anime happy endings

jedihunter176 : this is how the first Galapagos iguanas evolved super, super lost green iguanas

fimbles101 : Conversation was priceless. :)

Lono Kahiwa /Lowβ€’no Caβ€’heβ€’va/ : At 3:01 - 3:03 it looks like there was something else in the water, on the right side of the screen.

HashBandicoot : This could have been the beginning of a great buddy comedy.

Legathed : This is why youtube was made

Gilang Studios : U just bring baby Godzilla :v

Holy_ShushCabin : 3:32 The world can sleep now.

David gregson : Whoa- at 3:00 you can see a fin come out of the water like a shark to his left (our right) for a brief moment but you can't miss it. It's the moment he looks at the sun look in the water to your right

Stephen Ward : That iguana will never truly understand how lucky he is lmao

Masterout78 070 : You save Rango nice jobπŸ‘

AgAug Gaming : "That iguana is enjoying his/her summer."

Carmen Guerilla : Damn that thing must've been carried out to sea by a bird, its super lucky it had a guy with a boat show up

nigelcarren : Bless you sir... Thank you on behalf of all the critters! πŸ˜πŸ†

F.T : This is what kind of people we only need on this earth

Alberts stuff : That, was fricking awesome πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Pr1vateer : did anyone notice 3:01 something in the water on his right side 😱😱😱. by the way good swimmer is that iguana good for saving him

D. Oak : 3:00 another iguana on top right?! 😒

Alchemist M : Heartwarming video. Felt soooo good seeing that iguana home safe & dry. Great job πŸ€—

Fiercetooth : *OCEAN MAN*

Amy Mo : Recently saw this on The Dodo. I was happy to see the original full footage. Great job!πŸ˜πŸ¦ŽπŸ‘

Selest T : Precious 😁 Thanks for giving him a lift! πŸ’œπŸ™‹πŸ½

Slick Six : That's amazing, nice job dudeπŸ‘πŸ˜‰

Mark Pedroza : "Okay James, let's go"🦎

1960's Super Computer : That's why I stoped asking iguanas for directions

CeilidhHall : Godzilla 20ft underneath him like "Alright human you get to live today."

Jonathan J Hammersticks : I'm glad i found the original. Thanks for saving that dude.

vinrx7 : He skipped out on the cab fare. Lol Great video man!

DreamReaver : Thank you for this. May you be always there at the right moment, saving lives.

FunForSameer : I'm assuming a hawk or eagle grabbed him and dropped the poor thing into the water

rcmaster207 : That conversation is gold! Great work dude :)