The Grateful Whale

AWESOME … ‘May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate today โ€“ to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.’

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photography of whale tail in body of water Photo by Daniel Ross on

If you read the front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday, December 15, 2005, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines.

The fifty-foot 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 Farallon 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 โ€“ a very dangerous proposition. One slap of the tail could kill aโ€ฆ

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