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A Whale of a Love Story (video)

By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.

When Michael Fishback co-founded the Great Whale Conservancy‘s Blue Whale Protection Program with Gershon Cohen, they knew their mission was to protect blue whales along the California coast from ship-strike caused injuries and death. But, Michael didn’t know that he personally, along with his family, was going to have the opportunity to free a whale in the Sea of Cortez. He spends two months there every year, observing their complex behaviors in the wild, photographing blue, humpback, and finback whales while tracking them across oceans.

On February 14, 2011, he gave the best gift of love to the humpback whale in this video. The appropriately named “Valentina” was gifted by Fishback with her freedom. Watch the video to see how Valentina personally thanked him and his family. It’s one of the most heartwarming expressions of love and gratitude I’ve ever seen.

Enjoy and thanks for sharing your comments.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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6:29AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Wow, what a wonderful story thank you :)

12:08PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

wonderful story

9:51AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Nice recap on this video. Fishermen should quit tossing spent nets overboard, or maybe that net had been accidentally lost; the nets give poor sonar images so this whale was lucky to be recovered. Maybe arranging some sort of net work that gives good sonar images to cetaceans so the air-breathing marine mammals can avoid them would help, both eliminating bycatch and cutting maintenance costs for the fishermen?

8:31AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Amazing, thanks!

1:14AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

All animals feel love, friendship etc. Stop killing these wonderful animals. Such beautiful animals. My hat is off to everyone who saves the animals.

4:44PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

What a video, and these people are great.

6:23AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Forgot to say how marvellous those people are, saving Valentina !

6:22AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Magnificent whale, magnificent story !

4:35PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Great save!

1:39PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

great article, thanks :)

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