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The whale rescuing experience

A 50-foot female humpback whale became entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. The whale 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 tail, her torso and a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallone 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 – 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 them 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.

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.

Author Unknown

Humpback Whale Relative size to Human and Elephant

Humpback Whale Relative size to Human and Elephant

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Julio April 19, 2014, 10:14 am


  • Elviboy March 19, 2013, 12:48 pm

    I believe when we get to Heaven we will find out that animals understood everything we said or did but just couldn’t tell/speek to us.

  • Esther March 18, 2013, 6:39 am

    I love it !!!

  • Rai Debit March 17, 2013, 12:12 am

    I feel inspired after reading this !

  • Sivuyiseni March 15, 2013, 3:39 am

    The story is marvellous… I love it….

  • Jacqui March 14, 2013, 5:09 pm

    Amen, a life changing experience for the divers

  • Jasper March 14, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Beautiful story…..

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