A Whale Of A Tale

January 30, 2006

This is from the San Francisco Chronicle 12/15/2005

A female humpback whale became entangled in a web of crab traps & fishing lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of rope wrapped around her body – her tail, her torso and a line tugging in her mouth, and had to struggle to stay afloat.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralon Islands & radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, a rescue team arrived and determined that the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her – a very dangerous proposition. One slap of the tail could accidentally kill a rescuer. But they worked for hours with 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 diver 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 we all be so blessed – to be untangled from the things that are binding us.

Thanks Melba For Sharing This Story!


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