~~May 2, 2014~~
A female humpback whale 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.
This is her story of giving gratitude.
A fisherman spotted her just east of the Faralon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so badly 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, nudged them, and pushed gently, thanking 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 be so 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.
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The following video shows an incident which could very well represent the one described above.
~~The Whale Disentanglement Network~~
Official Selection San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
~~Uploaded on Feb 10, 2012~~
Created by John Dutton Media http://www.johnduttonmedia.comOfficial Selection San Francisco Ocean Film Festival 2012.http://www.oceanfilmfest.org
For more whale information: http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov
~Festival Program description~
Help wanted: Men and women who can jump in a small Zodiac inflatable to search for and free large whales from life threatening entanglements. Must perform as a member of a highly trained and experienced team, in potentially dangerous situations. Knowledge of whales, small boat handling, and lines under load a plus.
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