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Divers save a whale outside of San Francisco
9 years ago

If you had read the front page story of the SF Chronicle on Thursday, Dec 14, 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-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 ever be the same.
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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.
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9 years ago

Hi Maggie,

Did you know that this story has made it to Snopes?  Apparently some people think it is an urban legend and that it's not true!

I was searching for something else and happened to see it.


PS  What a beautiful blessing!  Thank you so much for it.

Wow :-)
9 years ago
I didn't even think to check snopes before posting! It actually makes me feel great to see it confirmed there though, and it was cool to see a little extra info about the rescue there too. Good find!

Humpback Story
9 years ago
What a wonderful story! I LOVE cetaceons, very intelligent and sympathetic creatures. I was especially touched how she nodged each diver in turn, truely remakrable