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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52 comments

Laura M.
Laura Malfliet3 years ago

Wow, what a wonderful story thank you :)

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M.3 years ago

wonderful story

Fred Krohn
Fred Krohn4 years ago

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?

Isabelle J.
Isabelle J.4 years ago

Amazing, thanks!

paula eaton
paula eaton4 years ago

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

Svetlana B.
Svetlana B.4 years ago

What a video, and these people are great.

Diane S.
Diane S.4 years ago

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

Diane S.
Diane S.4 years ago

Magnificent whale, magnificent story !

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim4 years ago

Great save!

Faith B.
Faith Billingham4 years ago

great article, thanks :)