Michael Fishbach, co-founder of the Great Whale Conservancy, was photographing whales in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez when he and his crew came upon a young humpback drifting in the water.
At first, the animal appeared to be dead, yet Fishbach investigated and quickly discovered that the poor creature was tangled in a fishing net. The humans had to act fast; what began as a tragedy soon became a thrilling rescue as Fishbach and his crew labored to free the young whale. The entire encounter was caught on videotape and later narrated by Fishbach himself.
Watch this amazing story unfold in the video below:
Photo credit: Natalie Lucier