A video that has gone viral after it was posted on YouTube on Oct. 18 shows a kayaker saving the life of a stranded iguana, which he found swimming four miles off the Florida Keys archipelago. 

The video, posted by the kayaker on his YouTube channel called “Key West Kayak Fishing," had garnered over 900,000 views and was liked more than 20, 000 times at the time of publishing this story.

The fisherman, who saved the reptile, told the Telegraph that it was “pretty crazy to see the guy so far out.” The man, identified as Steve, was on a fishing trip off the Florida Keys archipelago when he spotted the struggling reptile.

He immediately started capturing the incident. “I was coming in from an offshore trip and I noticed a weird shaped object floating in the distance,” the fisherman explained.

“All I could see were the multiple fins running down its back so I thought it was some sort of palm frond, but it just didn't look right. I ended up stopping and noticed that it started swimming,” he added.

In the video, the kayaker can be heard saying to the iguana, “What are you doing out here? Are you lost or something?” He then told it to “hop on if you can,” and can be seen trying to help the lizard with a paddle to get it on board on his kayak. The reptile thankfully hopped onto his kayak as he hoped for.

After the reptile got on the boat, he said: “That’s some rough business, what are you doing?” He is also heard asking the iguana to move somewhere more secure on his boat before he would turn on the engine.

After the iguana is seen finding a more comfortable spot on the boat — top of the cooler — the man started the engine and headed back to dry land. “Don’t panic and jump off, I’ll leave you,” he told the iguana as he started the boat’s engine.

The kayaker told the Telegraph that the animal might have died had he not spotted it. “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,” he explained.