If you asked me right now if I, even as an animal lover, would yank a 12-foot shark back to safety with my bare hands, I’d probably say no.

The way I see it, if I can barely make it down the steps without it turning into an emergency situation, I have no business trying to manhandle a predator. If you asked me if I’d do that for a dolphin, however, I’d most likely give it the old college try.

Judging by this footage, Nicolas Andre, 49, seems to feel the same way. While he was taking in some seriously beautiful weather with his wife in Cornwall, England, earlier this week, he came across a man struggling with what appeared to be a dolphin stranded on the shore.

Being the lovely gent he is, Andre decided to help the guy out.

Being the lovely gent he is, Andre decided to help the guy out.

They quickly discovered that the animal’s skin was too abrasive to lug it back into the water with their bare hands, so they tied their shirts around their palms for protection.

They quickly discovered that the animal's skin was too abrasive to lug it back into the water with their bare hands, so they tied their shirts around their palms for protection.

When the shirts come off, you know it’s about to get real.

Fortunately, the whole thing went off without a hitch.

Fortunately, the whole thing went off without a hitch.

It was a 12-foot basking shark, to be exact.

Fortunately, the do-gooders left the beach that day with all of their limbs intact. What these guys did was inadvertently reckless, but they ended up saving a life in the process. They did their best, and when it comes down to it, that’s all we really can do.