A front page story of the San Fransisco Chronicle, was 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 ...
... 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..
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..
I pass this on to you in the same spirit. It's a beautiful story...
One big step... hope UE will follow that way. My country (Spain) is the first (or second, it depends) shark finning country...
From Ocean Sentry we are preparing a petition for the UE and the spanish government...
But hurray for the U.S.!!
Thank you James
Well that's indeed very good news !!!
This is something we were waiting for,next must follow !!!
Thanks for posting James
This is great news!! Way to go!
Thank you! Last week, we asked for your help to convince Congress to pass a true shark finning ban. You and over 11,000 other WaveMakers took the time to contact your Representative on this important issue and I'm pleased to report that your voice was heard. Late Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives passed the Shark Conservation Act of 2008.
This legislation will improve existing laws that were originally intended to prevent shark finning and will allow the United States to continue being an international leader in shark conservation.
But we haven't crossed the finish line just yet…The Shark Conservation Act of 2008 still needs to be passed in the Senate. Time is running out for this session of Congress, and we expect the Senate to vote on this issue soon. I hope I can count on your support when the time comes again to cross this final hurdle for a true shark finning ban.
Keep an eye out for an opportunity to take action soon and thanks again for being a part of our efforts to protect sharks.
For the oceans,
Federal Policy Director