Tuesday, July 03, 2007

A Whale Thanks Her Rescuers

I received this email today:


If you read the front page story of the SF Chronicle of December 13, 2005, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines.

She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands (outside the Golden Gate ) and radioed an environmental group for help.

Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her ..

This was a very dangerous proposition. One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed gently around --- she thanked them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same. (There is something special about a whale looking right at you; they will never forget you.)

May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate ... to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.

And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

7 comments:

CG said...

A beautiful story and a lovely message :)

RUTH said...

I'm so glad that thanks to the courage and diligence of the rescue team the whale was saved. Occasionally we have whales who have become "beached"..sadly despite all efforts the poor creature are rarely saved.
A beautiful message.
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Susan said...

What a beautiful post Pat. very moving. Thanks for sharing that.

photowannabe said...

Thank you for the lovely story and blessing.
The story is very ender.

talj said...

What a lovely story Pat and a beautiful photo! :o)

JAM said...

What a wonderful story! Stuff like that can lift a heart in this crazy world.

Love your flower photo too.

Frederick Milton said...

What a nice experience, Long time ago I have a teacher of genetics. He was specialize in human genetic but he quite humans because he had a awful experience with them. Now he only works with animals because he says that they appreciate more their work.

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